Describing Al Lorenzen can be done in simple terms: leader, communicator, husband, and father. His priorities are clear - faith, family and community. Al has a competitive drive to use his skills and experience to help others achieve success, traits developed as a standout college basketball player at the University of Iowa and as a McDonald’s All American, from Cedar Rapids Iowa. He is a proven leader who has succeeded on the hardwood and in professional environments. He has great passion and commitment for building and maintaining healthy relationships, emphasizing leadership in both personal and business settings.
Al now serves as CEO at Wildwood Hills Ranch of Iowa, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving at-risk youth from throughout the state with year round leadership and character development programming. Al also serves as Director of Ministry to Men at Lutheran Church of Hope. Before being called to ministry he spent over a decade in athletic administration in various leadership positions, helping organizations increase visibility and develop sustainable revenues. Serving as Vice President of Sports and Development for the Des Moines Area Sports Commission, Al worked to attract sporting events to Des Moines. While serving as Assistant Athletic Director for External Affairs for the Drake University Athletic Department, Al oversaw all facets of event management and revenue generation. Prior to Drake, Lorenzen was Owner/Event Director of FutureStars Basketball, organizing basketball camps, tournaments and shootouts across the United States, while publishing two recruiting publications and hosting a radio talk show. He has served as Director of Membership for Florida Citrus Sports, the organization that runs the Champs Sports Bowl and the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Al also gained experience in the financial services industry managing banks in both Florida and Iowa.
Married to Barb, his wife of ten years, sports really is a family affair. Barb shares an athletic background as she was an outstanding basketball player in the Big Ten. They keep busy with their sons Luke (seven) and Levi (four) and Al’s twenty year old daughter Haley, who plays basketball at the University of Florida.