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UCM Foundation

Smiser Alumni Center
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.8000
Toll Free: 866.752.7257


Meet Gary Ervin

Gary Ervin, Sturgis, Ky., formed Ervin Cable Construction in 1985 and is currently president. He has been involved with cable television franchises since 1980. In addition to Ervin Cable, Gary formed Apex Digital, Inc., in 1997, which became the primary satellite dish installer for Primestar, later acquired by DirecTV. In 1999, Gary also formed Lightwave Management, a holding company that manages multiple business entities that are involved in farming, forestry, oil and gas, and telecom holdings.

Gary was a four-year varsity letterman on the Mules wrestling team. In 2010, Gary and his daughter, Mallory, participated in the 17th season of the "Amazing Race," finishing sixth out of 11 teams. (Read about their experience in the "Today" magazine.) They returned for the show's 18th season and finished third.

Gary and his wife, Lisa, have four children: Mallory, Jade, Luke and Gabriel.

Recent Gifts Helping UCM Students

  • $5,000 for chemistry scholarship
  • $5,000 for agriculture scholarship
  • $10,000 for athletics
  • $518,962 estate gift for scholarships
  • $10,000 for Les Wrestles MS Challenge
  • $25,615 for automotive studies
  • $30,000 to KMOS
  • $25,000 for CIS scholarships