Houston Mortgage Bankers Association welcomed Houstonian and star of American Ninja Warrior, Daniel Gil, as speaker for their October 11 luncheon meeting at Maggiano’s restaurant on Post Oak Boulevard near the Galleria.
Greg Burkett, HMBA president, introduced Gil to the audience of mortgage professionals as “a man of many talents: a trainer at Iron Sports Fitness in Cypress, a dancer, and an opera singer at the Kingwood Opera Company, in addition to his growing career as a two-time finalist on the popular American Ninja Warrior television competition.”
Gil described the grueling process of becoming a top American Ninja Warrior, and credited his achievements on the show’s last two seasons to his willingness to work as hard as necessary to win. Never into team sports, he turned to fitness in high school and trained himself. He entered the ministry directly after high school graduation and traveled the world on mission trips, but realized he wanted to do something else. He went to work at an American Ninja Warrior-type gym and found his calling.
A sponsored athlete and motivational speaker, Gill still finds time to lead mission trips and teaches eight classes a week for children. “I tell my students to identify their passion, take the time to steward it, and they’ll discover their opportunities.”
Burkett thanked Gil for his inspirational presentation, and ended the event with a reminder that the next HMBA meeting will be the annual Legends Luncheon on December 15 at Maggiano’s.