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President and CEO of AMIkids says Tennessee Tech football prepared him to be a leader  

A headshot of Mike ThorntonAs president and chief executive officer of AMIkids, Inc., Mike Thornton, `89 business management, leads the nonprofit organization dedicated to helping youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. 

It’s hard to imagine where many of those individuals might be today without AMIkids and without Thornton at the helm. And it was at Tennessee Tech – in the classroom and on the football field – that Thornton first learned the skills needed to be a leader.

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Lifelong friends, Tech alumni lead fundraising initiative for Golden Eagle Football 

A photo of Ottis Phillips and Dianne Murphy smiling behind a large cutout of Tommy Tech. They are standing in front of the Varsity Building.Decades of friendship and a love for Golden Eagle Athletics have inspired two Tennessee Tech alumni to partner in leading fundraising efforts for a Football Operations Center on campus.

Phillips and Murphy credit their Tech education for successful careers. Both are members of Tech’s Foundation Board, and Murphy says when the topic of Tech’s football facilities came up at a meeting, she knew she wanted to partner with her friend on the project.

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