Ahmad, a native of Springfield, Ohio, earned a Bachelors degree in Business Psychology from Miami (OH) University and a Masters of Science degree in Sports Management from West Virginia University. He balances his zeal for his craft with a deep commitment to his family, wife Debra and children, Gabriel (9) and Selena (7). Ahmad and his family invest a great deal of time and energy advocating and fundraising for Autism awareness. The Islam family recently established Gabriel’s Horn, a foundation dedicated to advocacy and awareness for minority families impacted by Autism. Ahmad is also on the board of the Chicagoland chapter of Autism Speaks and the Make A Wish Foundation of Illinois.