Michael Waters, 34

President, Phase 1 Sports

“My most prized possession is a 24-karat gold necklace with two diamond crosses that originally belonged to my father. My parents gave it to me as a gift when I opened Phase 1 Sports, a sports-training center. They said one cross was to protect me and the other was to grant me success in both my business and personal lives. I’ve worn it every day since they gave it to me, and 10 years later, Phase 1 Sports is doing better than ever. It’s a constant reminder of the journey I am on, and the belief that God is always in control.”

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