Introducing Our DistinXion Team
At DistinXion, we want to empower others physically and relationally. In order to make this happen, it is essential that we have an incredibly passionate and dedicated staff. Thankfully, we have been blessed with an amazing team that desires to pour its talents back into others. We’d like you to meet our team.
Luke Zeller| President
Luke, the oldest Zeller boy, grew up in Washington, IN. At Washington High School, Luke graduated valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA, won the Mr. Basketball award, named to McDonald’s All-American Team, and was awarded the Trester Mental Attitude Award after hitting a half-court shot to lead the Hatchets to a state championship. Luke played college ball at the University of Notre Dame graduating with a degree in Business Mgmt./Entrepreneurship. His professional basketball career has taken him to Japan, Lithuania, California, Texas, and currently to Arizona with the Phoenix Suns. Luke married Hope in 2010.
Steve Zeller | Vice President of Basketball
Steve grew up on a farm in Iowa and was the youngest of 12 children. He graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Animal Science. He since then has worked in the meat industry for Oscar Mayer, Louis Rich, Simmons Poultry and Perdue Farms. Family: Luke was born in Iowa, Tyler in California, Cody in Minnesota and when they moved to Indiana in 1993 Lorri, his lovely wife, told Steve to get a dog and they have been there ever since. The family has been actively involved in the community ever since.
Tyler Zeller | Vice President
Tyler is a center/forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers who plays hard, runs the floor well and gives solid effort on both ends of the hardwood. Raised in Washington, IN, Zeller is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, where he was a member of the 2009 Tarheels NCAA Championship team. His senior year, Tyler was voted to the All-ACC First Team and named the ACC Player of the Year, Academic All-American of the Year and Consensus 2nd Team All-America. The 2009 Indiana Mr. Basketball also was named to the All-ACC Academic Basketball team his freshman and sophomore years.
Cody Zeller | Vice President
Cody is the youngest Zeller son and now plays for the Charlotte Hornets. In 2011, as a Washington Hatchet, he was Indiana’s Mr. Basketball and a McDonald’s All-American. As a sophomore at Indiana University, Cody was named the College Basketball Preseason Player of the Year and a first-team All-American by The Sporting News. In his freshman year, Zeller was the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year, Second Team All-Big Ten and All-Freshman Team selection, and a finalist for the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year award, and the John Wooden and Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year awards.
Hope Zeller | Vice President of Marketing / Director of Cheerleading
Hope began her cheerleading career in 7th grade and hasn’t stopped cheering since. After cheering at Mishawaka High School, she then joined the Bethel College cheerleading squad. Hope graduated from Bethel with a 3.9 GPA with a degree in Liberal Studies and Early Childhood Education, with concentrations in Business, Youth Ministry, and Sociology. Her work experience includes: Director of Advertising & Promotions at her high school, Customer Logistics at Bayer Healthcare, and currently DistinXion. Hope met her husband, Luke, while in college and they were married in 2010.
Lorri Zeller | Vice President of Administration
Lorri grew up on a farm in the small town of Springville, IA, where she met her husband and “high school sweetheart,” Steve. Lorri attended Coe College, where she graduated cum laude with a major in Business Administration and Physical Education. She also played on the Women’s Basketball and Softball Teams and has recently been nominated for their Hall of Fame. Ever since Steve and Lorri got married, she has been a dedicated sports mom through raising their 3 boys, Luke, Tyler, and Cody. Lorri is selfless in her service with DXN and is the glue that holds us all together!
Erika Hunt | Director of Marketing Promotions and Design / Assistant Director of Cheerleading
Erika grew up in Portland, IN where she started taking gymnastics classes in 1st grade. She was a member of the gymnastics, track, and cheerleading teams at Jay County High School collecting 11 varsity letters. Erika graduated from Butler University in 2012 where she was a member of the cheerleading squad for 4 years and a captain her senior year. Erika was able to cheer on the court in back-to-back NCAA National Championship games for the Butler men’s basketball team. She has a Marketing degree with high honors from Butler and is pursuing a Masters in Sport Management from Indiana University.
Steve Dayton | Xplode Trainer
Steve grew up in Washington, IN before heading to Indiana University for undergrad and University of Evansville for a master’s. Steve acquired athletic experience as a student athletic trainer for both the Hoosier and Purple Aces men’s basketball teams. He currently works with Office Connection, and is an Xplode trainer for DXN. Steve is an ATS certified athletic trainer and is trained in Functional Movement Screen (FMS) testing. FMS testing is the system used by the NBA to document an athlete’s movement patterns that are key to athletic function. Steve and his wife, Virginia, have 6 children.