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TERRY L. FOSSUM

He was born in the poorest city in the U.S. McAllen, Tx, surrounded by gangs and drugs. In Junior High, be found himself staring down the barrel of an assault rifle one night in his own back alley. In High School, his father was killed. Before Terry’s father died, one of their neighbors came up to him and said, “I just want to make sure you understand something: Not a single one of your boys will ever grow up to be anything.” Terry overcame great obstacles to earn his degree in Mechanical Engineering and become an Officer in the United States Air Force, where he was the Executive Officer for an entire group of Nuclear B-52 Aircraft. He then started a direct sales company, where he earned over a million dollars, and set up teams around the globe. Terry is an internationally-renown businessman, philanthropist, author, and keynote speaker, but is most proud of being a loving husband, and dad to three young gentlemen.

Terry L. Fossum stared down the barrel of an assault rifle one night in his own back alley, while in Junior High School. In High School, his father was killed. Before Terry’s father died, one of their neighbors came up to him and said, “I just want to make sure you understand something: Not a single one of your boys will ever grow up to be anything.”

About 30 years later, one of Terry’s brothers is a US Astronaut, the other a highly-successful dentist, and Terry is an internationally-renown businessman, philanthropist, author, and keynote speaker.

Terry received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. From there, he received a commission as an Officer in the United States Air Force. As a Captain, he served as the Executive Officer for the entire Group of Nuclear equipped B-52 Bombers, KC-135 Air Refueling Aircraft, T-37 Training Aircraft, and UH-1 Search and Rescue Helicopters.

Among numerous other awards, he was named Officer of the Year for Fairchild Air Force Base, Humanitarian of the Year for Strategic Air Command, and Distinguished Graduate from Squadron Officers’ School.

He earned his first million by starting a direct sales business in 1991, developing a sales force several hundred strong that literally spanned the globe.

Upon getting married to an amazing woman. Michelle, and becoming a dad to three teenage and preteen boys in 2009, he retired to focus on building a strong, close-knit family.

During that time he completed his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, wrote two books, and participated in numerous philanthropic causes.

A few of those causes are the Terry L. Fossum Training Center in Rwanda, Africa, training the widows and orphans of the horrible massacre in marketable skills; the Agricultural School for Family Independence in Malawi, training farmers to increase their crop production several fold; Children International, Rotary International, Wounded Warrior Project, Terry L. Fossum Scholarships for Underprivileged Youth, and Boy Scouting, where he is a Scoutmaster.

Toward his passion of helping as many people as he can in his lifetime, he travels nationally and internationally, speaking to adults and children alike.  In part, he’s telling the story of his family, and helping others harness their passion to break through whatever barriers they may be facing, and make their dreams and goals come true.

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