Todd Yunker grew up in Swanton, Ohio. After high school, he began his college career as an education major.
During his junior year, he began his work in classrooms and he realized he didn't think teaching was the right fit for him. At the time, he was working part time for a tool and die company. His boss recognized Yunker's natural abilities in marketing and sales and suggested he explore the business program at Owens Community College.
Yunker began attending Owens full time in August 1991.
His first instructor at Owens helped him to fall in love with business. He felt as though he had a focus and purpose.
At Owens, he became very involved and loved attending sporting events and other activities.
"The community feel at Owens made me want to succeed. It made me try harder and it showed in my GPA and my class attendance," said Yunker.
He began his first job at an area software company and then worked at Owens Corning. He also finished his bachelor's degree in marketing education. He felt that Owens had given him an appreciation for education and he would be able to challenge himself and finish his degree.
This opened the door for a teaching and coaching position at Parma High School in Parma, Ohio. He moved on to become the athletic director.
Later, he became the athletic director at Defiance College and earned his master's degree while working there. After a position at BGSU as general manager of corporate sponsorships and the radio network, he was offered a job with the Toledo Mud Hens in 2008.
It was an opportunity he couldn't turn down - Director of Corporate Partnership Development. He works with community partners to develop sponsorships with the upcoming Toledo Walleye and Bullfrogs teams.
He has a job he loves; every day is different and comes with new challenges and rewards. He has been working on building a new arena, building new teams from scratch and is learning something new every day. In the fall, he will continue his formal education even further by beginning his law degree.
"I was able to take the pride I learned at Owens and apply it to my career, now I have a whole new appreciation of who I am as a person and who I want to be," said Yunker.