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Meet Brian Wollenberg

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian Wollenberg. 

Hi Brian, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
When I was about 7 or 8 years old my parents included me and my sisters in a ministry where we go shopping for basic necessities and deliver them to families that needed support. Seeing that really impacted me. Fast forward to 1994-1995 I knew a lady named Marty Dubois and she headed up an Adopt-A-Family at Christmas time. My mother was a school teacher in Groveport and teachers of Groveport schools provided the names for the Adopt-A-Family program. I got to meet Marty and she knew about my passion to give back to others. She mentioned since I do Christmas why don’t you do Thanksgiving. That is where the Thanksgiving idea came from. 

In 1997 out of my own pocket I was blessed to support 50 families with all the non-perishables and a Turkey. Now we are supporting 6,200 families in 8 Counties. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
As we grew some of the struggles for me were letting go, starting the process sooner, delegating, new ideas and feedback, being able to process the new ideas, and never stopping learning. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am President of the Byron Saunders Foundation. I specialize in giving back, paying it forward, and supporting others. 

I am known for supporting families at Thanksgiving and being a seasoned networker and for the importance of human relationships. 

I am most proud of being a resource for others and connecting them with the right people. Having an authentic love for everyone I meet. 

What sets me apart from others is my being the best version of Brian Wollenberg and having a mindset of that. Not comparing myself to others but living my best life for who thank God made me be. 

What was you like growing up?
Growing up I always enjoyed giving back. Watching, following and playing sports. I collected baseball cards for a while lol. Growing up and still to this day I love my Italian heritage and hearing stories. 

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