In his early years at the University of Dayton, Al was named a McDonald’s All-American, and nominated for the Converse All-American team as well. After earning his degree in Sociology, Al joined General Motors, winning both Sales and Marketing awards during his tenure.
Voted Dayton’s Man of the Year, he was awarded the Key to the city, and attracted a lot of media attention – both for his civic service and his business success. He joined Oprah Winfrey’s team for “Read and Rise”, and was then tapped by Oprah to help set up her Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
Soon Al was recruited to train Insurance Agency Field Executives, where he found an affinity for the small business model, and went on to great success as an Insurance Agent. You may remember Al from the Super Bowl XLI commercial “True Story”, based on his own experience. He’s worked with State Farm, Allstate and now is a top Nationwide Agent in Texas.
Al has always been committed to community service, and the advancement of young people. During his years in Dayton, he served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA. His current board service includes Jonathan’s Place in Dallas, a unique facility providing Foster Care and Transitional Living for foster children of all ages.
As a Court-Appointed Special Advocate, (CASA), Al has helped dozens of young people in Foster Care to succeed despite very difficult situations. In 2016 alone, 22 of his foster kids proudly graduated from High School.
The proceeds from Al’s book, “Creating the A Team”, go to support the CASA kids.
For the third consecutive year, Al has been nominated for Nationwide’s Regional Community Service Award, for his work with CASA and Jonathan’s Place.