Eric HorstmanFounder & President
Eric Horstman is a graduate of Troy High School (’88) located in Troy, Ohio. From there, he attended Ohio Northern University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (’93). Eric further went on to obtain a Master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering (’96) from Southern Methodist University. He began his career as a Project Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Mound Facility in Miamisburg, Ohio. The position led to a consulting job with a private company out of Washington D.C. As an avid sports fan, he soon grew bored with the engineering field and decided to get involved in a sports-related career.
In 2002, Eric founded Sports Image ® (www.sportsimageinc.com). Sports Image ® is a sports marketing company targeting school athletic departments and other grassroots organizations across the country to help them acquire new equipment for free and much-needed revenue for their programs. Currently, Sports Image ® has helped by donating over $15M in equipment and $1,500,000 in revenue to schools in states nationwide.
In the summer of 2009, Sports Image® officially became licensed to franchise its business opportunity in exclusive territories across the nation to give others the chance to follow their dream and own their own sports marketing business. To date, 20+ franchises have been awarded nationwide. Sports Image® is ranked in the annual list of the nation’s Top 500 Franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine in January of 2013 and again in January of 2014.
Through his work with high schools, he founded and worked the necessary details to have Dayton the host of the annual Good Samaritan Flyin’ to the High School Basketball Invitational (www.flyintothehoop.com). The inaugural year for the event was 2003. The event is currently ranked as the #2 Basketball Showcase for high school basketball nationwide per CBS Sports / MaxPreps. 20,000+ fans, college coaches and media attend the event each year which pumps over $1.9M into the local Dayton economy annually.
In May of 2010, Eric was named as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” Business Leaders for the Dayton area by the Dayton Business Journal.
In April of 2013, Eric was awarded the “Dayton Community Ambassador of the Year” Award from the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau due to the economic impact on the city of Dayton of the Good Sam Flyin’ to the Hoop Invitational each year.
In August 2014, the inaugural Premier Health Backyard Blitz (www.thebackyardblitz.com) took take place at Centerville H.S. This event, like Flyin’ to the Hoop, will pit Ohio’s best High School Football Teams against the best from around the country.
Renee DabbasCorporate Operations
Renee joined the team in 2010 and currently oversees Corporate Finance and Operations. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Business, where she completed the MBA/150 hour program with a specialization in Accounting/Finance. Renee also received her undergraduate degree from UD with majors in both Business and Pre-Law. With experience in portfolio administration and management, compliance, tax preparation, and business accounting and finance, she has been an integral part of the team’s finances and overall corporate functions.
Renee is happy to be part of an event that has such an impact on the local economy, especially as a native Daytonian herself. She currently lives in Kettering, and enjoys pretending to keep up with sports news.
Lori HorstmanCo-Director Finance
Wife to Eric, mom to their twins and active community leader. Lori is the Community Sales Director for The Landing of Springboro. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from Miami University . In her spare time (insert sarcastic laugh) she enjoys reading, crafting, traveling and spending time with her family.
Bob GambleCo-Director Finance
Bob has been with the Event since the beginning. A “retired” member of our Government, Bob can now be spotted at many professional sporting events around the country throughout the year “helping” them as well.
Steve HuebnerCo-Director Operations
Steve earned a Communications degree from Purdue University in 1996. He worked in marketing and communications before holding several sales positions including his present position in commercial food sales in the Dayton, OH market. He has worked for the past four years at the Good Samaritan Flyin to the Hoop event handling various responsibilities including media, coach, scout and team relations.
Steve resides in Springfield with his two children, Brock and Allyson and enjoys many recreational outdoor activities including fishing. He hopes to one year “out fish” Tourney President, Eric Horstman, during their annual fly-in fishing trip to Canada.
Adam GrubbCo-Director Operations
Adam was born and raised in Troy, Ohio. He is a police officer for the City of Tipp City. Adam is an avid bowler and enjoys working out and watching many sports.
John StovallTeam Consultant
John Stovall has worked for ESPN as a recruiting coordinator for High School basketball since 2006. He has been a consultant for Nike Basketball since 2000 and works with the Talent ID for the Grassroots Department. John is part owner of Prep Spotlight Scouting Service and magazine. He has been with the Good Samaritan Flyin’ to the Hoop Event since its inaugural year in 2003.
Robyn FeckeMerchandise Manager