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Travis Morgan, Cool Under Pressure

 If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting or working with Travis Morgan, you know he is a very passionate and outspoken young man. But there may be a few things you didn’t know about him.

Although his bubbly personality is absolutely addictive and a trade-mark with Travis, he does have a serious side, too.

 “When you’re leading a group, or an organization, there’s a time when you need to be serious about things and buckle down. You’re not always ‘on.’ It’s like when you meet people in public, and if you’re not in that ‘on’ mindset, they ask if you’re having a bad day. Nothing may be wrong, but if you’re concentrating on something else or working on something, you can’t always be that upbeat person they’re used to seeing in the media,” shared Travis.

He credits his powerful work ethic and good-natured attitude to being surrounded by wonderful people growing up.

“Those years in high school, those people you surround yourself with are a huge factor in who you become. I was very fortunate. I grew up in Walthill. From kindergarten through high school, we were a very tight group. We were highly competitive, and we did things together. We held each other accountable; they would not allow you to fail. The two best men at my wedding were the guys I grew up with from down the street. To this day, we call each other all the time to check in and see how things are going,” said Travis.

He also credits his family for the man he is today.

“I had a fantastic upbringing. My great-grandmother was always around when I was growing up in high school. My grandfather was the one who installed such a strong work ethic in me. My parents were at every play, every game. But my teachers knew what they needed to do to get my attention. If I was goofing off, they would say they would call my mother. I would sit in the back of the class and not say a word the rest of the day. Because if you called my mom, it was all over at that point,” said Travis. 

He went on to share how when he was in 7th grade, in the interim between football and basketball season, he let his grades slide.

“Down slips came out, and I had three D’s and two F’s. My mother said I would not be allowed to play basketball until those grades were all up to at least C’s. I said, no, Mom, come on, I need to play. If you want to play; get them up to C’s. I had parents calling her saying, ‘he’ll bring his grades up, come on, and he needs to play.’ My mom didn’t back down to peer pressure. I didn’t play for the first three weeks of the season until my grades were up. She taught me a great life lesson. She taught me what was important,” shared Travis.

So when it comes to the son and daughter, Cam and Katelyn, he and his wife are raising, what does he hope to instill in them?

“I want them to realize that the things you do today will affect tomorrow. That hard work gets you what you want and where you want to go in life. That you need to work hard and stay focused,” emphasized Travis.

However, he also had another thought on an important element to teach his children.

“Teach your kids to be kind. The rest of it will fall into place. They need to have compassion, a sense of self. That is what makes a person a great human being,” he advised. 

He’s been involved in sports broadcasting, is the current CEO of the Sioux City Musketeers, was involved in promoting the Sioux City Symphony and marketing for Winnevegas. But did you also know that he is ordained? Any idea or guess as to how many weddings he’s performed? Any idea how that first got started? Or has it ever been part of his other careers? Turn in to Empowering Conversations with Tony and Stacie and find out.

 “I’ve always had a very hard time saying no to a lot of things. I’m an open book. If we can dream it, let’s give it a shot. If it doesn’t work out, you’ll learn something from it,” stated Travis.

By Amy Buster

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