The ZUP Team: How We Got Here, Vol. 7

Everyone at ZUP headquarters has taken their own unique path to landing on the team and we decided we want you to get to know us a little bit better. This new series will feature a fun Q&A and will highlight our passions, interests, career paths, and so much more.


  1. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    I expected I would be someone who was paid for cool ideas, so I could live on a big boat with my future wife, traveling the world. (yes, really!) My amazing third grade teacher told me it was possible!
  2. What path did your career take before landing at ZUP?
    I loved drawing and building stuff back in Kindergarten. In high school, Norman Rockwell told me to go into AC Design school and focus specifically on my future career. I jumped on a packaging internship in college where I got to be paid to make 3D prototypes and mockups. I had never been happier! Later, I eventually created a design department there before starting a business with two awesome partners. I was lucky enough to retire early to follow my current passion: combining my faith with my talents to start a sports innovation company (ahem, ZUP!) with awesome friends and partners.
  3. Sunrise or sunset?
    Rainbows! 🌈
  4. How would you describe your day job to a child?
    I think up fun stuff while playing with my best friends!
  5. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
    Don't think too long about what you love. Just start. You'll figure it out!
  6. Tea or coffee?
    My wife likes coffee, so that's what I make first every morning!
  7. What is your greatest accomplishment?
    Going to counseling and learning what a healthy relationship is so I could mode that to my awesome daughters. And so that I could encourage my even more awesome grandchildren to think bigger.
  8. What is your favorite board game?
    Oh come on! The Monument Valley app could never be possible as a board game.
  9. Describe yourself in three words.
    Glen Wade Duff. 😜
  10. What is your favorite way to unwind?
    I prefer to stay wound up in a fun project if I have the choice!
  11. What is one bucket list place you want to visit in your lifetime?
    Heaven (before getting there for real, of course) so I can tell my friends what it's like.
  12. What motivates you?
    A fun problem that aches to be solved.
  13. If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
    One meal? Well it will have to be a really really big one, cause I want to live for a really long time!
  14. What is your favorite quote?
    "Oh it's happening, sweetheart!"
  15. What are your nicknames?
    Duffy, Absentminded
  16. What character trait for you most admire?
    Selflessness. I wish I could be more like my wife!
  17. What is your best kept secret?
    The colorful underwear. 🤣
  18. Fill in the blank: "I am happiest when ____"
    I wake up next to Diane and we FaceTime the grandkids!