Month: November 2014

People Who Inspire: Tuffy Shallenberger on giving thanks and giving back

Tuffy to useTerry “Tuffy” Shallenberger, Jr. knows the meaning of hard work. It’s a lesson his parents taught him and his first big client proved true. And for that he is grateful.

“I was running a bulldozer in 7th grade. After school and in the summers, I worked with my parents (Terry and Norma) in the family’s pool business. They taught me that if you want something, you have to work for it,” he said.

Tuffy embraced hard work, so much so that he considers it to be his only hobby. “It’s all I know,” he said.

While he didn’t like school work, he loved being a student of construction and surrounded himself with people who could teach him the trade. One of those people was a family friend who did municipal work. Continue reading


People Who Inspire: Jeremy Feldbusch – a Wounded Warrior on a mission

Jeremy and Cardin

Jeremy Feldbusch couldn’t see, but he could hear the voice of his parents. He couldn’t understand how it was possible since he was in Iraq guarding the Haditha Dam along the Euphrates River from insurgents as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

But this member of the U.S. Army 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment wasn’t in Iraq anymore. Jeremy now lay severely wounded in Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas.

On April 3, 2003, the special operations ranger was hit by shrapnel from two incoming artillery rounds that detonated 10 meters away – damaging the optic nerve behind his left eye and embedding in the frontal lobe of his brain. His brain injury also left him blinded.

Jeremy was in a different battle – a fight for his life. Continue reading

People Who Inspire: Ethan Keedy on never giving up

Ethan at shop

Ethan Keedy gives back – even when he could have chosen to give up instead. The 21 year old college junior and pizza shop entrepreneur is on a mission to serve and to make his father proud.

“When I was 15 years old, my dad worked the 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. shift at Cherry Tree Nursing Center as a CNA (certified nurse assistant). I didn’t get to see him most nights, so I started going with him to work. I was an activities volunteer for the 4:00 p.m. bingo and I spent the rest of the evening going room to room to sit with residents.

Ethan with dad photoHe explained, “I was never good at athletics. He and my twin brother, Nick, would play ball in the yard or go hunting. I saw volunteering at the nursing home as a way to give back and to spend time with my dad,” he said.

Time Well Spent

It was time well spent with the nursing home residents too. Ethan commented, “I sat, talked, and played games with the elderly who were going through the lowest point in their lives. A lot of them were well off in their life time. Now they needed someone to be there.” Continue reading

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