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Chris Glisson has been a life-long resident of southwestern Michigan. He was born in Grand Rapids in 1968 as the youngest child of 5 boys to Reverend Eugene and Wanda Glisson. He graduated from Coloma High School in 1987 where he was an outstanding student-athlete playing 4 years of varsity baseball, football, and basketball.  
During his college years, Chris played 4 years of varsity baseball and football for Olivet College in the MIAA Conference. He graduated in 1992 with his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. In his working career, Chris entered the automotive industry holding positions in sales, finance, management, and as a principal broker. During the housing boom, Chris tried his hand as a mortgage broker and eventually spent time in southern California as a missionary on an Indian reservation. Although his working years have been rich and varied, nothing has brought Chris the fulfillment he has found being an owner of a professional basketball organization.

Chris started out his career in the business of basketball when he became part owner of the Knoxville Thunderbolts with his brother Dr. Marty Glisson in 2008. In the inaugural season of the Thunderbolts, "Doc" Marty got really sick and had to move back to San Diego, CA. for treatment and Chris took over the team for the rest of the year. The Bolts finished the season ranked #8 and Chris was named executive of the year runner up. After the season was over, Chris decided to form an ownership group made up of business owners that were from the Knoxville area so he could go home and start a team in southwest Michigan, where he resides.  In 2009, the Lake Michigan Admirals were formed and the rest is history. In the Admirals' first year, Glisson was named "Executive of The Year," and his team hosted the first professional playoffs in the history of southwest Michigan. During the second year, the Admirals won their division and ended up 5th in the country. In 2012, the Lake Michigan Admirals moved to the Premeir Basketball League where they realized that they weren't in the ABA any longer. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, the Admirals went a combined 14-36 but where the team won is that there were more players signed overseas than any other minor league organization in the world. Finally in 2015 and 2016, The Admirals not only were the Midwest Division Champions back to back, they also made it to the PBL FINALS two years in a row. 
 
Right before the 2017 season, Dr. Marty Lee Glisson passed away on August 7th, 2016 and owner Chris Glisson made a big decision. Chris decided to not have season a focus on family. In April of 2017, Chris brought nine players to China where he provided an opportunity for the players to play over twelve games while working out with a CBA team as they prepared for the regular season.
 
Over the last nine years, Glisson has had over 86 players get signed to 58 different countries. 
 
Chris has been married for 24 years to his wife, Sara, and they have 2 young daughters. The family resides in St. Joseph, Michigan.