My story (the quick version):
I was born a poor black child.
I grew up in Orlando in a publishing family and graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1998. I was managing editor of some (now defunct) magazines in Nashville before getting fired and moving to Orlando to launch RELEVANT Media Group in June, 2000. I met Maya, who was my waitress at a TGI Friday’s, in December that year because she said she could get me free Orlando Magic tickets. (She did.) We married in May, 2002.
Eight years after writing the first business plan and incurring a lot of debt, we launched RELEVANT magazine in 2003. We now reach more than 800,000 Christian college-to-thirtysomethings each month through several publications, websites and podcasts (you can check out RELEVANTmediagroup.com if you’re interested). Our offices are in Winter Park, FL, a couple miles from downtown Orlando. Maya and I live about half a mile away, where we’re walking distance to one of the best music stores and coffee shops you’ll find.
Life changed quite a bit for us Oct. 23, 2009, when we welcomed Cohen into our family. He’s an answer to five years of prayer, is an amazing, fun kid — and is more like me than we probably had hoped. Even still, our dog McKenzie is adjusting to the idea of having a strong-willed sibling.
I serve on the Board of Trustees at ORU and the board of the NAE. I’m an avid fan and Orlando Magic season ticket holder, and a “down year” for my Florida Gators is when we don’t actually win a national championship. Bottom line, life is very, very good …