I CREATED ALL THAT
I WANTED TO BE.
I grew up wanting to be a Monster Truck & Formula 1 Driver, a Marine Biologist, NFL Player, an Architect, Play in the World Cup and Save Every Animal on the planet. Nothing existed that had everything all in one place and more importantly affordable - now there is - LEMO!!
LIFE IS SIMPLE.
KILL EM' WITH KINDNESS.
LEMO... because it's the RIGHT thing to do!
THE UNIVERSE TENDS TO UNFOLD AS IT SHOULD.
I am grateful for my supportive and loving family who have ALWAYS created an environment that pushed me to be my own advocate and supported my choices - the good and the bad. There came a very pinnacle moment in my professional career in which I could have continued on the path that I was on, but instead I remembered what my mom told me "honey, if you're not smiling when you make this decision then it's not the right one. It's simple." At that moment I took a risk and resigned from my current career path and joined forces with two of the most passionate, intelligent, and inspiring people I have ever met. It's the BEST decision I have ever made and to be a part of a team that is driven to create something that has never been done before is something I am so thankful for!
BE TRUE TO
Unconditional love is something I was fortunate enough to experience growing up. It provided a light through life that helped guide me. Inspiring me to share with others through exchange of energy, meaning conversation, or acts of kindness. In relation to the theme of my shoe, Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants that gives off energy when light is absorbed through a process called photosynthesis. Lemo allows me to be a light. When others absorb it, they then share it through their own energy exchanges. In turn becoming a chain of well being starting with unconditional love, light, energy, and repeat.
IT'S ALL PART OF THE PLAN.
What I know for sure is, with the combination of perfect timing, great people, a good heart and intentional direction, you can never go wrong. The path we walk is unique to the journey we've been destined for. What is, is. What will be, will be. In due time, when one is focused with purpose and surrounded by a community of love and support, anything is possible. That's LEMO.
I EXIST TO FULFILL THE HIGHEST, TRUEST EXPRESSION OF MYSELF,
AND TO HELP OTHERS DO THE SAME.
I want to break barriers, and ultimately change the trajectory of people’s lives generationally through sport, business, and philanthropy. LEMO exists to serve others with excellence, pride, and unconditional love, and because I experienced this personally for 10 years, I will be a part of LEMO forever.
THE MEANING OF LIFE IS TO FIND YOUR GIFT. THE PURPOSE OF LIFE IS TO GIVE IT AWAY.
My fulfillment in life comes from seeing impact. I learn something new everyday at LEMO. Not only do I get a chance to create an impact here at LEMO, but my life is also impacted everyday. The community is family; from the kids, their families, the coaches, supporters and the staff. There is no other place in the world that empowers you to do ANYTHING, and then encourages you to give it back to someone else. A place that chooses you before I. As a father of 3 I am forever grateful for LEMO and the future it is creating for my kids. Giving them the opportunity to dream big and help others accomplish theirs as well.
GOOD FOOD. GOOD PEOPLE.
GOOD MUSIC. THAT'S IT.
I've never been loved by a group of people the way LEMO loves me. As soon as I was exposed to that high quality of love it became clear that this is where I belong. Without that love I would have never discovered my passion for food and leveraging that passion to elevate my culture. Now it's my responsibility to share that same love with the next generation.
AGE IS JUST A STATE OF MIND.
DON'T PUT LIMITS ON YOURSELF.
Helping others achieve their goals of being GREAT!! That’s why LEMO!!
LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT MAKING OTHERS BETTER AS A RESULT OF YOUR PRESENCE AND MAKING SURE THAT IMPACT LASTS IN YOUR ABSENCE.
Until I set foot in LEMO, I hadn't experienced what it was like to be overwhelmed with such possibility. The space is filled with dynamic athletes, innovative business minds, and people dedicated to serving others in the pursuit of their dreams. There is no other place like LEMO, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!
YOU'RE ONLY A MISFIT UNTIL YOU FIND YOUR PURPOSE.
THEN YOU'RE A PERFECT FIT.
Too often in this world we have people we encounter that want to shave off our truth to make themselves feel more comfortable. At LEMO, David, Ali and the team not only help kids find their truths but encourage their walk (or uphill sprint) in it. Many people discuss what they can do to make a difference, they act on it. I view this team and this cause as family and will forever be a part of it in whatever capacity I can serve. LEMO is everything we wish we had as kids, as well as everything we never knew we needed.
IT'S NOT WHO YOU ARE UNDERNEATH; IT'S WHAT YOU DO THAT DEFINES YOU.
The moment I stepped into LEMO I knew there was something different about this space. It is a place my childhood self could have only dreamed of, and one my adult self hopes to impact. It’s so much more than just sports.
KEEP AN OPEN MIND. LIFE LEADS US ON MANY JOURNEYS WE WOULD NEVER GO ON IF IT WERE UP TO US. AND OFTENTIMES WHAT WE NEVER WANTED OR EXPECTED TURNS OUT TO BE WHAT WE NEED. SO DON'T BE AFRAID. HAVE FAITH. FIND THE LESSONS. TRUST THE JOURNEY, EVEN WHEN YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT, YET.
I had never imagined my real estate, development, and construction focused career path to take a turn into the nonprofit world, until I had the opportunity to work with the LEMO Foundation. Their approach to how a nonprofit should function to truly effect tangible change and impact was second to none. LEMO has curated an ecosystem of excellence to provide our underserved youth with access and resources to sports, STEAM education, and entrepreneurship opportunities. By leveling the playing field to compete with the very best in these three key areas, the student-athletes are empowered to change their lives in ways otherwise unbeknownst to them and be the catalyst to change the lives of those around them. I am so fortunate to have the distinct directive of securing the longevity of the LEMO Foundation to continue to be a cornerstone for the community; to provide a safe home away from home and the necessary resources for the youth of our community from all socioeconomic backgrounds to compete - ultimately leaving behind a legacy for our kids to have forever! It is not everyday that you are presented with such a unique opportunity to work with a team and organization who are all collectively trying to do something special that has never been done before.
THERE IS NO SINGLE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS. BUT THERE IS ONE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT: PASSION.
LEMO has shown me that no matter what a human goes through, if you focus on doing the RIGHT thing all the time, everything will fall into place. It is now my duty to pay it forward to the younger generation. As a dad, there is no other place I would want my kids. They offer genuine love & discipline, and instill hard work while pushing them to dream big. They make us feel like anything is possible, and are involved every step of the way! Straight up!