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Company Overview

Fighting Chance Solutions (FCS), now located in Historic Downtown Muscatine, was formed when educator Daniel Nietzel conceived an idea to help protect students and teachers in an active shooter or violent intruder scenario in a school by securing the door closer arm found on most classroom doors. Often in schools, classrooms only lock from the outside, forcing a teacher into the line of fire to secure the room.

FCS was formally organized in the fall of 2013 when fellow educators Edwin Colon, Mike Morgan, John Lawrence and Jame Hayes joined Nietzel and fabricator Carl Negus to bring The Sleeve into reality. By the summer of 2014, The Sleeve was a reality and has been featured on national news outlets such as Fox News, Huffington Post and Business Week.

Grand Opening Ceremony

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