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UCM Alumnus and Daughter Join CBS Series "The Amazing Race"

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 30, 2010) – A member of the University of Central Missouri Foundation board of directors and his daughter are among the 11 teams of two competing in the 17th season of “The Amazing Race,” the CBS reality series that takes its participants through a variety of challenges in locations around the globe.

Gary Ervin and his daughter, Mallory Ervin, survived the first round on the season premiere of the hit series Sept. 26. Gary Ervin is a 1980 graduate of UCM and was named to the UCM Foundation board of directors in January 2008. Mallory is a former Miss Kentucky.

Gary is a resident of Sturgis, Ky. While at UCM, he was a four-year varsity letterman in wrestling, a three-time winner in the MIAA and qualifier for the NCAA-II tournament. Following graduation, he became an entrepreneur in the fields of cable and satellite television. He acquired and built numerous cable television franchises throughout the United States and founded Ervin Cable Construction. The company is now a multi-state corporation located predominately in the southeastern United States with sales of over $60 million per year.

Ervin later founded Apex Digital, Inc., which became the primary satellite dish installer for Primestar, Inc., which was later acquired by DirecTV. He currently serves as vice president. He also is the founder of Lightwave Management, a holding company that manages multiple business entities in farming, forestry, oil and gas, and telecom holdings.

Mallory Ervin is a graduate of Sewanee: University of the South with a degree in theatre. As Miss Kentucky, her platform of autism awareness gained recognition in the form of the 2009 Heather French Henry Quality of Life Award. She also was the spokesperson for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s program designed to educate youth about laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco to minors.

During the next 10 weeks, the 10 remaining teams will compete for the $1 million prize, using their wits and cooperative team spirit to be the final remaining team to complete the race around the world. Follow their progress Sunday evenings on CBS or online.