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Company Overview

Fighting Chance Solutions was formed when a team of educators and entrepreneurs in Iowa conceived an idea to help protect students and teachers in an active shooter or violent intruder scenario by securing the door closer arm found on most classroom doors.

The team recognized something was missing when standard classroom security trainings recommended securing doors with belts and barricading doors with bookshelves. Seeking an effective and affordable solution for educators, Fighting Chance Solutions was formally organized in 2013. The Fighting Chance Solutions team collaborated to design and bring The Sleeve into reality. Since then, Fighting Chance Solutions has expanded our product offerings to include the Rampart to secure doors that swing inwards.

Fighting Chance Solutions is now proud to serve and protect classrooms, homes, offices, and government institutions in all 50 states.

Daniel Nietzel

Daniel Nietzel

Founder/Inventor/President

Years of Experience: Has served as a classroom teacher for 6 years.
Education: Muscatine Community College, A.A.; University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Elementary and Middle Level Ed.; Saint Xavier University, M.A. of Educational Leadership and Technology

Mike Morgan

Mike Morgan

Chief Financial Officer/Co-Founder

Years of Experience: Has served as a classroom teacher, athletic director and secondary administration for 21 years.
Education: Muscatine Community College, A.A. & A.S.; Iowa Wesleyan, B.A. in Elementary Ed; Drake University, M.A. Effective Teaching & M.A. Administration

Edwin Colon

Edwin Colon

Vice President of Production/Co-Founder

Years of Experience: Has served as a middle school counselor for 10 years.
Education: Muscatine Community College, A.A.; Cameron University, B.S.; Western Illinois University, M.S. Ed

Carl Negus

Carl Negus

Chief Fabricator

Years of Experience: U.S. Army mechanic for four years. 18 years in the skilled trades mainly as a machinist and fabricator.

John Lawrence

John Lawrence

Co-Founder

Years of Experience: Has served as a classroom teacher and secondary administration for 25 years.
Education: Muscatine Community College, A.A.; University of Iowa, B.A. & M.A.

Jame Hayes

Jame Hayes

Co-Founder

Years of Experience: Has served as a K-12 art instructor for 16 years.
Education: Southeastern Community College, A.A.; University of Iowa, BFA Painting; University of Iowa, M.A. Art Education