Custom Greek Paddles was founded in October of 2005 in Nashville, TN. We wanted to buy a paddle for someone who had just crossed, but everywhere we looked, we saw the same ole merchandise. My wife said to me, "Wouldn't it be nice if there was somewhere we could order a paddle customized how we wanted it." And I answered her, YES!!! From that conversation, Custom Greek Paddles was born.FOUNDER and CEO: Born and raised in Mississippi, my father has to get the credit for my interest in woodworking. As a kid, I helped him out by holding the boards and keeping track of his hammer. I think he was trying to keep me out of his way more than anything. During the summer months while he was at work, I would play with the tools and build my own little projects. I probably did more harm then good, but you know what they say, practice makes perfect. I eventually grew up and attended Jackson State University. I obtained my BS in Mathematics with a minor in Pre-Engineering in May of 1999. I left JSU and enrolled as an undergrad again at the University of Memphis, Memphis TN. There I pledge the greatest Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi at the greatest chapter The Magnificent Xi Zeta Chapter, on the greatest line SPRING DOUBLE O!!!! ; I also graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Currently I'm working on obtaining my M.B.A.Business Manager: Born and raised in Arkansas, I was always the one child of four that keep track of how much, how many, when, and where money should go. By the age of 10, I was balancing my mother's checkbook. I also had a knack for organizing things and making sure that things were followed through on. I had to grow-up fast, when at the age of 10, my older sister passed away and I then became my younger sister's keeper. I was very dedicated to being the best that I could be in-order to make my mother proud, as well as, my father who also passed away while I was very young. He always said, "There are no dumb Minors ( my maiden name )." I had to live up to that legacy. I became the Valedictorian of my graduating High School class. I went on to the become a bonafied Razorback at the University of AR - Fayetteville. It was here that I pledged at the Kaptivating Kappa Iota Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc in Spring 1993. I received a BS in Education, MS in Health Care Administration, and an MBA. I then went on to receive my Ph.D in Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Memphis. It was here that I met Mr. Cooley and convinced him that with me on his team, we would be invincible as a family and a business entity. He saw it my way, of course!!! Together, we have a wonderful son, Zachary ( i.e. future businessman ).