Former NFL Player, Speaker, Mountaineer & Sports Illustrated Executive
In every facet of his life, Mark Pattison scales personal and professional summits. Mark is a former NFL Player, philanthropist, podcaster and successful entrepreneur & currently an executive at Sports Illustrated and now has climbed all Seven Summits having completed this feat by scaling the death-defying Mt. Everest in the spring of 2021. Mark dedicated his climb to his daughter Emilia who is overcoming her own Everest by defeating epilepsy. Mark has raised over $56,000 with generous donations from both the NFL and Las Vegas Raiders. All proceeds go to Higher Ground.
In the Fall of 2021, the NFL is debuting a documentary about Mark’s journey he experienced on Mt Everest. This film will be shown on NFL 360.
Mark's podcast, Finding Your Summit has over 120,000 downloads after 200 episodes which provides powerful conversations with celebrities, sports legends and others about overcoming their adversity and finding their way.
Mark is a father and caring human being who continually looks for opportunities to give back to others. He helps people get off the sidelines and back into the lane of life by unleashing their potential & realizing what they are capable of in their lives.
Megan Bock Real Estate
Gabe has worked in media and has covered the Aggies for nearly 2 decades and has been with TexAgs full-time since August 2008. After spending 10 years as lead host of TexAgs Radio, Gabe decided to step down in the Summer of '21 and has taken on a new content creator role within the organization while also diving into the Real Estate world in partnership with his wife, Megan Bock. The couple has three children: Ella, Easton and Everley.
Premier Lacrosse League
Mike Rabil is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL). Founded in October 2018, PLL is now wrapping up its third season, with the semifinals in Philadelphia on September 5th and the Championship in D.C. on September 19th. The PLL was named Sports Breakthrough of the Year in 2020 by the Sports Business Journal. In December 2020, the PLL and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced a merger with subsequent season operations and activities to formally exist under the PLL. The league’s exclusive media rights agreement with NBC Universal is a first for the sport, bringing lacrosse closer to millions of fans across the country.
In his role, Mike is responsible for the long-term vision of the company as well as oversee all day-to-day operations of the league. This past year, Mike has successfully used his lengthy entrepreneur background in Silicon Valley with his keen sports knowledge to spearhead the launch of PLL.
Previously, as the VP of Sales and Partnerships, Mike led revenue and built Funding Circle’s US sales and BD teams from scratch. Mike was on the founding team at Endurance Lending Network, which was acquired by Funding Circle in 2013. In 2012, Mike co-founded Endurance Companies, an investment holding company based in San Francisco, and served as CEO and co-founder of Turnstyle Cycle, now Boston’s largest boutique indoor cycling company. Mike first dipped his toes in entrepreneurial waters in 2010 when he co-founded Endurance Fitness 247, which he manages with David to this day. Mike began his career in consulting at Jones Lang LaSalle, the world’s largest real estate services company. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Government, where he was captain of the football team.
Forged in the Fires- Fireman Rob
Rob Verhelst, otherwise known as Fireman Rob, has established himself as an inspiring voice for following and defining your passion, then putting it to action. He lives and speaks on the principle of Action Based Living through Engaged Passion. His life experiences range from performing 8 days of search and recovery after the September 11th attacks to being a 15 year career firefighter in Madison, Wisconsin to having served in the United States Air Force. In 2015, Fireman Rob became the Guinness World Record Holder for the Most Ironman 70.3 Triathlons in one year, while inspiring tens of thousands by doing each run portion in his full fire gear.
Since 2011, Fireman Rob has solidified himself as a key motivational influencer worldwide through doing over 18 Ironman, 28 Half Ironman, and numerous endurance races in his 50 lbs of firefighter gear for all of the running portions of each race. Along with motivating others along the way, his passion is about his children and others. In 2013, the Fireman Rob Foundation was created to help children in hospitals throughout the world with a SMILE by delivering Gund Teddy Bears. Fireman Rob understood the simple act of putting a SMILE on a child’s face dealing with illness or depression is medically proven to strengthen their immune system & create a positive effect on their minds… if even for a moment. He has created a movement in which people from all walks of life are finding their passion and paying it forward through their own positive actions. The mission of Fireman Rob is clearly defined by his speaking, his actions, and his drive: "Your strength is in your passion, now go and make your life ABLE.”
Selected member of The National Society of Leadership and Success
In Business Magazine, 2014 Top 25 Most Influential People in Dane County
Jefferson Award Winner, April 2015 WKOW
Ironman, 2012 Performance of the Year
Guinness World Record, Most Ironman 70.3 triathlons in one year
2015 Globe Turnout Feets of Strength (Athleticism category)
World Record for Most Ironman triathlons in Full Firefighter gear