Ambassador Enterprises is staffed with professionals who share a desire to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The AE team strives to serve others and to be faithful stewards of their personal and organizational resources.
Our people are our most valued assets. We invest in their continuing development as committed learners. Our culture emphasizes character, chemistry, and competency. We attract skilled professionals (competency) who demonstrate integrity and trust (character) and have a desire to serve others (chemistry) in a team environment.
Daryle is a lifelong entrepreneur who along with four partners founded Ambassador Steel Corporation in 1974. The founders had a common goal of business success while living out their faith without compromise in the marketplace. When the company sold in 2008, it was the largest independent distributor and fabricator of rebar in the United States with annual revenues surpassing $500 million and a reputation of faith, integrity, and excellence.
Daryle was raised in a pastor’s home in northern Indiana. He received a diploma in Sacred Music from Moody Bible Institute where he met his wife Brenda. He continued his education at Bethel College, Mishawaka, Ind., earning a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Musical Performance.
Daryle has served on the boards of Cedarville University and Lakewood Park Baptist Church, as well as on the DeKalb County Council. He also served on the alumni board of his alma mater, Moody Bible Institute, and is currently a member of the DeKalb County YMCA and Wagner-Meinert boards. Daryle and Brenda have five children and eight grandchildren with a ninth on the way.
As Chief Executive Administrator, Arlan assists Daryle in his role as President and CEO. Previously, Arlan joined Ambassador Steel in 2004 and led the Distribution and Highway business units. His prior 21 years of corporate experience with Lincoln Financial Group and Mutual Security Life included positions as Vice President of Employer-Sponsored Annuity Operations, Chief Information Officer, Director of Information Technology Planning and Architecture, and Director of Information Security.
Arlan graduated summa cum laude from Taylor University with a B.S. in Mathematics Systems. He obtained his MBA from Indiana University, Fort Wayne, Ind. Arlan is a member of the Life Management Institute and has been a Registered Representative and Principal with the National Association of Securities Dealers. He and his wife Linda have been married 29 years and have four adult children. They lead a small group at Blackhawk Ministries, where Arlan is an elder.
Garrett (Gary) Cooper is Chief Operating Officer for Ambassador Enterprises and is a member of Ambassador’s Senior Executive Team. Gary holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and came to Ambassador Enterprises from Taylor University. Prior to that, Gary was at the Lincoln Financial Group where he led a team responsible for the investment and risk management of portfolios exceeding $40 billion.
At Taylor University, Gary served as a faculty member in the business program. He was also Director of Taylor’s Institute for Organizational Effectiveness, a program designed to increase the capacity of leaders in the nonprofit sector. He currently serves on the boards of the Cell Therapy Foundation and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. In addition, he actively serves in his home church, Blackhawk Ministries.
Gary earned his MBA from Arizona State University and his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, graduating magna cum laude. He and his wife Jennifer have been married for 37 years and have three grown children and three grandchildren.
As Chief Operating Administrator, Matt oversees the operations of Ambassador Enterprises with the Chief Operating Officer, Gary Cooper. Matt previously led one of Ambassador’s partner companies before working in leader development at Ambassador Enterprises. Previously, he and his mom were partners in the petroleum industry (wholesale distribution and retail services) serving the northern half of Indiana, lower Michigan, and western Ohio. Before selling the operations in 2007, the company had expanded substantially through acquisitions and joint ventures. Matt received his MBA from Taylor University in 2009 and graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University in 1995 with two B.S. degrees in Business. He is certified in both the Myers-Briggs and the DISC assessment tools. Matt serves on the Board of Directors of The Summit in Fort Wayne, and Diakonia in Nashville, TN.
Matt is passionate about being a husband to his wife, Tiffani, and they celebrated their 17th anniversary in 2013. Matt enjoys filling in speaking during his church’s weekend services, Dayspring Community Church (where Matt and Tiffani have attended for nearly 30 years), and seeing people be transformed by the life-changing message of Jesus. Matt and Tiffani also serve together by giving leadership to their church’s Marriage Ministry (marriage preparation, coaching, and classes). Matt has served on his church’s elder board, and concurrently while in college and the early years of his building his business, Matt served as a Youth Pastor (Youth-for-Christ and his church).
Matt is enjoying seeing his wife mature in her identity in Jesus and impact others through her life and living. Matt and Tiffani are enjoying watching their three children (Quentin, Danielle, and Blake) grow and spread their wings as they grow into their uniquely normal, God-given identities…and reflect Jesus well with their lives and living! Matt is an avid reader and enjoys road-biking, running, weight-lifting, and target shooting.
Spencer works with Essential Services doing Helpdesk troubleshooting, intranet application development, and technology consulting to other teams at Ambassador. He graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne with a BS in Information Systems. Before coming to Ambassador, he worked at ITT Communications Systems drawing electronics schematics for satellites and radios. He also wrote specialized quality control applications.
When not working with computers, he enjoys hiking, biking, skiing (water and snow), basketball, soccer, and football. He is a die-hard Colts fan who has too many fantasy football teams. He also enjoys tasting coffees and teas and traveling as much as he can.
Paul oversees the financial health of all entities within Ambassador Enterprises, leads the Ambassador Essential Services team, and serves on the Ambassador Investment Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Correct Craft, Inc., and The Summit, both Ambassador Enterprises partner entities. Paul has 33 years of manufacturing operations and financial leadership experience. As an executive with Cooper-Standard Automotive, Inc., he served in concurrent roles as President of Cooper’s NVH Control Systems Division and VP of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, where he managed business and manufacturing operations in four countries.
Paul graduated from Tri-State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He serves as Board President of Leadersource SGA, a Christian ministry organization dedicated to healthy leader development in international regions with fast church growth. He is also an active board member at RISE, Inc., an agency serving mentally disabled adults. Paul and his wife Sharon raised their five children on his family’s historic farm in Pleasant Lake, Ind. They have been married over 33 years.
Carleen joined Ambassador and the Essential Services team in October 2010. Carleen leads and supports a variety of projects, administrative functions, guest services, and serves as an adjunct member within the Ambassador team as the office manager.
Carleen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Indiana University. Prior to Ambassador, Carleen served in event coordination, administration, and at a startup Italian restaurant. In addition to a variety of occupational roles, Carleen’s interests led her to musical performance in piano and coaching a Jr. High volleyball team. Carleen and her husband have been married three years and enjoy traveling together.
Hannah joined Ambassador Enterprises in February 2013. Working as an office assistant on the Essential Services team, she devotes her time to accounts payable and administrative tasks, hospitality and guest services, and project support.
In 2012, Hannah graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cornerstone University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Prior to Ambassador, she worked for the university as a housekeeping crew leader. She also served as a volunteer at Metro Health Hospital and as a lab assistant to the science department at NorthPointe Christian High School. She looks forward to making Fort Wayne her new home and growing in her knowledge and experience at Ambassador.
Layna joined the Essential Services Team of Ambassador Enterprises in July of 2013 as the controller. Prior to coming to Ambassador, Layna worked in the Corporate Tax Department at Lincoln Financial Group for ten years, most recently as a tax manager.
Layna earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University. She also obtained a Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Layna is married to Adam, the worship arts and community life pastor at their church. She enjoys walking, bicycling and spending time with friends and family.
Curt spent 30 years in the banking industry, and now leads the Ambassador Investments Group and manages the private investment process. As part of the founding executive management team of Tower Bank in Fort Wayne, he served as Chief Lending Officer and Chief Operating Officer before serving as President. Curt also held a variety of positions with Indiana National Bank, the National Bank of Detroit and First Chicago NBD. Curt graduated from Taylor University in Business Administration and from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He is a certified facilitator of Steven Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”
Curt serves on a variety of nonprofit and educational boards, including Junior Achievement of Northeast Indiana, the Fort Wayne Trails Finance Committee, and Fort Wayne Business Forum. He is also a member of the Northeast Indiana Generosity Council of the National Christian Foundation. A Fort Wayne native, Curt and his wife Sue have been married more than 30 years and have grown triplets – 2 sons and a daughter.
Mike is a member of Ambassador’s private investment team. Prior to joining Ambassador, Mike was a CPA and partner for 34 years with the national CPA & advisory firm BKD, LLP where he provided financial and consulting services to closely-held businesses and the families that owned them. He obtained his B.S. in Business Administration in 1976 from Indiana University in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Mike serves on the boards of Anthony Wayne Council of Boy Scouts, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne Downtown Development Trust and the Indiana Business Law Survey Commission. He and his wife Barb have been married for 40 years and have three children and two grandchildren.
Steve and his wife Nanci have worked together at Ambassador Enterprises as relational managers for the African Partner relationships. He is a graduate of Capital University with degrees in Political Science and Education. Currently Steve serves on the Equity Investing team primarily in roles related to relational management. Steve is an experienced personal coach, teacher and facilitator. Previously, he has served as an associate pastor and a children’s social worker with the YWCA. He has also held the positions of superintendent, teacher, and director of pupil services at private schools.
Steve has coached a variety of sports, including basketball, baseball, golf and cross-country. He has served on the boards of his local church, Association of Christian Schools International, New Hope Uganda, Bethesda Outreach and the Youth for Christ International President’s Advisory Council. He and his wife have four children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.
Kevin joined Ambassador Enterprises in 2011. He works in the Specialty Investments Department, with the goal of investing in innovative leaders and their early-stage ideas and in East African Small to Medium Sized Enterprises. Previously, Kevin was a high school math and physics teacher and a pastor in Cleveland, Ohio.
Kevin attended the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, earning an MBA in 2011. He also holds a Master of Biblical Studies degree from Ashland Theological Seminary and a Master of Education, Administration degree from John Carroll University. He resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana with his wife, Ellen and their three kids, Lindley, Mallory and James. Kevin also serves on the Board of New Hope Uganda Ministries, an organization that strives to bring the fatherhood of God to the fatherless.
As a member of the Ambassador Enterprises Private Investments team, Tim assists with the identification, evaluation, and integration of investment partners. Tim attended Indiana University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree. He also earned the status of CPA. During his twenty-two year career, Tim has held financial management positions at Coopers & Lybrand, LLP, Franklin Electric Co., Inc. and Crowe Horwath, LLP.
Tim is a member of the Concordia Educational Foundation board of directors, serves as treasurer on the board of Lutheran South Unity School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and attends Peace Lutheran Church, where he has previously served as an elder. He and his wife Heather have been married twenty-one years and have four sons aged 19, 16, 15, and 11.
Brad spent nearly 25 years with The Dow Chemical Company and is now part of the Specialty Investment Group within Ambassador Enterprises and also provides strategic planning practice and expertise to our operating companies.
During his years with Dow Chemical, Brad held a succession of progressive commercial and business leadership roles in both the Chemicals and Plastics Divisions, including an assignment in Corporate Strategic Development where he helped focus Dow’s corporate Merger & Acquisition efforts. Before joining Dow, Brad was the Sales & Marketing Director for Moody Press (a unit of Moody Bible Institute) and was an Instructor in the Business & Economics Department at Huntington, University.
Brad received a BA from Michigan State University, his MBA from Indiana University and additional Executive Education from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Brad and his wife Georgia recently relocated from Houston, Texas and have been married for nearly 30 years with two grown daughters – Megan, married and living in Chicago and Julia a Junior attending Gordon College in Massachusetts.
Doug’s role as part of Ambassador’s Equity Investing Team is to evaluate investment opportunities, analyze market conditions and industry segments and to model financial outcomes. Doug is a graduate of Taylor University in Upland, IN with an Accounting / Computer Business Systems degree. His twenty-five years of industry experience has been in accounting, financial analysis, banking (private banking and commercial lending), investments and financial advising with Magnavox, The Medical Protective Company, Tower Bank and PNC Bank. Doug and his family attend The Chapel. Doug and Jodi have been married for twenty-seven years and have three beautiful daughters ages 20, 17, and 14. Hobbies include golf, Ohio State Football, and spending time together as a family.
Zach’s journey at Ambassador began in January 2008. He currently co-leads The Summit in Fort Wayne as a Director with his dyad Dr. Larry Rottmeyer. Prior to The Summit, Zach served Ambassador in various roles including a dual role as Financial Controller, overseeing and accounting for assets in excess of $200 million, and as Director of IT over the past three years. He has worked in various management positions in the automotive and oil industry, gaining experience in both retail and wholesale operations. Previously, he worked for six years at Master Petroleum Products and Northern Quik Lube Group, where he served as manager, overseeing accounts, administration, accounting, and vendor and customer relations. Zach’s background consists of accounting, technology, marketing, legal, and support services.
Zach graduated from Grace College summa cum laude with a B.S. in Business Management. Until 2008, he served for four years as a Youth Worship Director at Dayspring Community Church and a Small Group Leader. Currently, he serves on the REAL Marriage Ministry leadership team and also as a Board Member of Remedy Live in Fort Wayne. Zach also functions frequently as a retreat Worship Leader for various organizations. Zach and his wife Carleen were married in 2010.
Larry provides leader development and marketing strategies for Ambassador Enterprises. Previously, Larry served as Professor of Marketing and MBA Chair at Taylor University. Larry also served at Anderson University, Ball State University, the University of Arkansas and Dallas Baptist University, where he was Dean of the College of Business and Graduate School of Business. Larry’s business experience includes launching a marketing and research firm, developing internet-based marketing courses, designing program curriculum, marketing strategy consulting, and sales and leader coaching. Larry has over 30 years experience in marketing, business development, consulting and higher education.
Larry graduated from Taylor University with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1978. He received his MBA from Ball State University in 1980 and his Ph.D. in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1990. Larry and his wife Nancy have been married for 33 years and have two grown children, David and Lindsay.
Troy Tiernon brings a broad range of maintenance skills and experiences. He is an Ivy Tech graduate in both Automotive Technology and Business Management. Troy has worked as an auto mechanic, landscape architect, and a maintenance technician in both the apartment and campus arenas.
Serving as Life Group Deacon is just one way in which Troy commits himself to his church. Volunteering with Trinity Communications, serving on various community projects, he is a committed servant and family man. After tying the knot last year Troy is enjoying being a newlywed.
Mike joined Ambassador Enterprises in July of 2013 as part of the operations team at The Summit. The majority of his career has been involved in information technology, working in the areas of systems & network administration, as well as operations management. Before coming to Ambassador, Mike worked for the City of Auburn, Indiana in the Information Systems and Essential Services divisions.
Mike graduated with Highest Distinction from Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne in 1998 with a B.S. in Business Management. In his free time, Mike has volunteered in youth ministry, creative arts and life groups at his church, and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Steve leads Ambassador Press, Ambassador’s research and communication arm. As an author and curriculum writer, he previously worked for Crown Financial Ministries, where he developed the curriculum for international expansion. Steve began writing curricula in 1996 as a Vice President with Emerging Young Leaders. He has co-written or edited twenty published books and dozens of study curricula based on books and movies.
After graduating from Wheaton College in 1971 with a B.A. in Anthropology, Steve and his wife, Maria, traveled North America as full-time concert and recording artists until 1996. They recorded 16 albums of largely original music while performing more than 4,000 concerts and making 1,000 TV appearances. Married for 45 years, they have one daughter and three grandchildren.
Karissa joined Ambassador Enterprises in May 2012 and is a member of the Organizational Effectiveness Investing team. With a focus on investing in the community, she also supports the team with assistance in the non-profit due diligence and investing process, as well as working with affiliate companies to develop programs for investing into their communities.
While studying business at Cornerstone University, Karissa served as a Resident Assistant in Keithley Hall and worked in the university’s Office of Alumni Relations as the Assistant to Alumni Relations. In 2012, she received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in linguistics. Prior to attending Cornerstone, she spent a year studying at the Word of Life Bible Institute in Argentina. Karissa enjoys reading, laughing, traveling, and finding new things to do in her new hometown, Fort Wayne.
Christopher joined the Ambassador Enterprises team in May 2012 after serving the team as a technology consultant for just under one year. He is a member of the Outreach Investing team, engaging nonprofit organizations with the goal to achieve maximum long-term impact.
Christopher resides in Fort Wayne with his wife, Kara Stackhouse. They enjoy cycling, kayaking, camping, and fishing together. Both of them share a passion for traveling and experiencing other cultures.
B.G. serves as the dyad leader of the Organizational Effectiveness Team for Ambassador Enterprises.
B.G. began his career as an officer in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, worked in the defense industry, in manufacturing where he served as a Vice President of Operations of a steel processing company, and then in state government before going into full-time vocational ministry with Life Action Ministries.
B.G. also sits on the Life Action Ministries Board of Directors’ Governance Committee (as a non-director) and on their Advisory Council as well as serving as a member of the board of another nonprofit. In addition, he is an adjunct professor of management in the MBA program at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana.
He is a certified leadership coach and coaches several senior and executive pastors, as well as helps churches and non-profits with leadership development and organizational consulting.
B.G. earned a B.S. in Business Administration (Marketing) from Auburn University and a MBA from Millsap’s College in Jackson, Mississippi.
B.G. and Angela, his wife, have two adult daughters: Lauren and Keely.
Mark helps oversee Ambassador’s real estate investment activity. He served as a consultant to Ambassador prior to joining the team in September 2011. He has been involved in commercial real estate his entire career, including work with Mellon Bank, Lincoln National Corporation, Capstone Realty Advisors and Mutual of Omaha.
Mark holds a B.A. in History and Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He married his high school sweetheart in 1984 and together they have four children.
Tina joined Ambassador’s real estate group in March 2013. She has extensive institutional real estate experience including 23 years at Lincoln Financial Group. She also spent several years at private equity firms, including Holladay Properties in South Bend.
Tina is a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Accounting. She is a CPA and holds several real estate industry designations including CPM and CCIM. She is also a licensed real estate broker and level two certified assessor appraiser in the State of Indiana.
Tina and her husband Kevin have been married for almost 30 years and still attend St. Gaspar Church where they were married. Their daughter Ashley is a recent graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Residential Property Management. They live on Sylvan Lake and enjoy water sports, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Dave brings over 25 years of commercial real estate experience to the Ambassador Enterprises team. He provides a unique perspective of both financial discipline and entrepreneurial creativity due to his background which ranges from large institutional investor to private real estate development. In addition, Dave has been involved in a variety of property types and geographic locations.
Dave graduated from Saint Joseph’s College with a B.S. in Business Administration and has earned a Master of Business Administration with concentrations in both Finance and Real Estate from Indiana University. His background has been further augmented and shaped by work experiences in banking and community economic development. In addition, he has had the special and unique opportunity to lead a for-profit, philanthropic real estate project located in Haiti.
Most of Dave’s personal time has been devoted to his wife, four children and three grandchildren. He has also been a board member of University of Saint Francis, Habitat for Humanity, Fort Wayne Zoological Society and Fort Wayne’s Downtown Improvement District. Dave and his wife, Ann, also remain very active with several ministries within their home parish of St. Vincent de Paul.
Phil joined Ambassador Enterprises in June of 2013 as part of the Chief Operating Administrative team. Previously, Phil served as a Campus Life Director to middle school students through Fort Wayne Area Youth for Christ. During his time at Youth for Christ, he also served as Director of Communications and Events. Phil served most recently with the Parkview Family YMCA as Director of Member Services and later as Director of Member Engagement.
Phil graduated from Taylor University with a B. A. in Business Administration in 2000. He received his MBA from Taylor University in 2008.
Phil enjoys a variety of activities including: running, golf, basketball, racquetball, and making up new games with his kids. Phil and his wife Kara will celebrate ten years of marriage in 2014. They attend Grace Gathering Church and have two young children.
Randy serves as the leader of the Strategic Assessment Team for Ambassador Enterprises. This team performs due diligence evaluating risks and value creation on projects proposed by our investing teams. He also serves with special projects and leadership consulting in higher education. Randy began his career in business working for several years with a team to build and lead a manufacturer of sports trading cards and memorabilia. He has also served education as superintendent of a school in Indiana, and a faculty member and Vice-President for Student Development at Davis College in Binghamton, N.Y. Additionally, he worked with the Binghamton City School District, leading a 21st Century Community learning center serving at-risk students.
Randy earned a Doctorate of Education and M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University, a M.A. in counseling from Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., and a B.S. in secondary education, social studies, and the Bible from Baptist Bible College. He serves on the national board of the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the board of Lemonade Day in Fort Wayne. Randy and his wife Becki attend the Grabill Missionary Church and have a daughter in high school and a son in college.
Trevor joined Ambassador Enterprises in 2013 as a part of the Strategic Assessment Team. Trevor’s role on the Strategic Assessment Team is to discover and analyze possible risks of potential investments. He is currently engaged in training to become a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Trevor graduated Cum Laude from Trine University May of 2013 with a major in Finance and a Minor in Economics. While at Trine, Trevor was a member of the tennis team, Delta Mu Delta, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, as well as Fellowship of Christian Athletes. When not playing tennis, Trevor likes to do any kind of activity outside, ranging from kayaking to camping.
Mindy joined Ambassador Enterprises as a part of the Strategic Assessment Team in 2013. She analyzes potential investment opportunities and performs due diligence to mitigate risks. Before coming to Ambassador Mindy spent ten years with the City of Fort Wayne; she served for five years as a finance specialist and five years as an internal auditor.
Mindy earned her Bachelor of Science in accounting from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mindy has two grown children and also has a 3 year old daughter with her husband Paul. Mindy enjoys reading, taking walks, going to the lake, and spending time with her family and friends.