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Evolution of a Leader

D.T. Shackelford

D.T. Shackelford has a way about him. When he speaks, others listen. There's meaning in his words, passion behind the utterance of every syllable. He commands respect, though his humility is unmistakable.

But he wasn't always this way. Shackelford has evolved. He can't hide a smile when recalling his upbringing in Decatur, Ala. His parents, Malcolm and Sherry, taught him the value of hard work. They were, and continue to be, disciplinarians. Malcolm is self employed. Sherry is a hair dresser. "They've always pushed me," Shackelford said. "I don't have the richest parents in the world. It's not...

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