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Founding Team

Bryan Simpson
Founder | Director of Awesomeness
From his college beer pong room Bryan turned an illegal screen-printing company into an innovative (and legal) retail store. At Five Pound Apparel every purchase benefits someone in need locally or globally. 

Bethany Forrester
Co-Founder
Bethany is currently a civil engineer at City Utilities. She decided to follow in her fathers foot steps and become a civil engineer. Ultimately, she wants to use her degree to help underdeveloped countries meet basic human needs. She loves to go to the lake and travel. A random fact about her is that her middle name is Blue.

Matthew Simpson
Co-Founder | Chief Information Officer
Every good group needs a nerd and Matthew, Bryan's older brother, is ours. With a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Missouri State University (2007) and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Vanderbilt University (2010), Matthew has taught at Nashville State Community College and Middle Tennessee State University and currently works in institutional research at Ozarks Technical Community College. He and his wife Teresa, who earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Missouri State (2008), live in Springfield. When he's not staring at a computer screen, Matthew enjoys spending time with Teresa, hiking, reading, and cheering on his Missouri State Bears, Kansas City Royals, and Kansas City Chiefs.

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