“While coaching at the University of Illinois in 1965, Bill Sorenson, AAI’s founder and owner approached me with an offer to work as a summer salesperson. Since then, I’ve always been a bit of an ‘experiment’ at AAI, but my 49+ year association with the company has been an exciting ride to remember. Starting when the company was owned by this local Jefferson, Iowa businessman, I was part of AAI as the company grew. I was with AAI when the company was acquired multiple times and also most recently when it was purchased by Russell Brands, LLC and became associated with the Spalding® brand.”