Cory & Christine Smith

Cory & Christine Smith

Founding Directors

Cory is a Virginia native and attended VCU where he received his undergraduate degree in Biology and his Masters in Teaching. At VCU, Cory played soccer and volunteered with Young Life. After finishing college, Cory worked for Young Life for 4 years in Virginia, before moving to Colorado.

After finishing his time with Young Life, Cory worked as Lead Estimator for a local painting company. During that time, he and Xan gave birth to the mission of TG.

Cory has been married to his beautiful bride, Christine for 20 years. They have 2 children, their 12 year old daughter, Sage, and 7 year old son, Cedar. Email Cory at cory@trainingground.com


There are numerous men and women that contribute to the stewardship and leadership of Training Ground. Below is our official board.

Jon Dale (Chairman)

Sr. Director of Innovation and Marketing, Wild At Heart, Colorado Springs, CO

Xan Hood

Owner and CEO of Buffalo Jackson Trading Company
Charlotte, NC

Howard Brooks

CEO, Energy Resource Center, Colorado Springs, CO

Rem Cooper

TG Alumnus 2009, Investment Advisor Representative, Scenic City Financial, LLC, Chattanooga, TN

Callie Parsons

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Sarasota FL

Keith Hiel

President and Founder, Arise Wealth Management, LLC, Arise CPA Services, LLC, Overland Park, KS

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