In addition, Whitey is a Youth Minister and serves as Chairman of the Bigelow Advisory Board of the Pancreatic Cyst & Cancer Early Detection Center. He owned and built a soccer specialty retail business that US Soccer ranked number one in the country. Was recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “40 under 40” for his positive contributions to business and community. In 2010, Whitey was presented the Indiana Youth Soccer President’s Award and named the Indiana Sports Corporation Volunteer of the Year. He lives in Fishers, Ind., with his wife and three children.
Whitey’s keynote address, “To Chase A Dream,” tells the inspirational story of his journey from a walk-on player to team captain of the #1-ranked Indiana Hoosiers Division I soccer team. He will weave his six principles of success into the story and discuss incorporating those principles into our everyday lives as we strive to be the best we can be. Whitey will also demonstrate the tremendous impact that being a student-athlete had on his life and the fact that, regardless of the level of competition (Division I, club, intramural), the love of the game at the collegiate level can be a powerful launching pad for the next step in our professional journeys.
Whitey’s closing address, “The Leadership Code,” will focus on the importance of leading every day, regardless of your title. It begins with a commitment to yourself and a decision to be a leader who cares more about those around you and overall results than individual acclaim. You need to be a leader with heart. This can be as simple as leaving a place better than the way you found it or as significant as changing an entire culture.