Cory grew up in Barboursville, WV and went to Marshall on a football scholarship. He also graduated from WVU Law. Cory worked for Marathon Ashland Oil, Tyson and Tyson Law Firm and the Marshall University Foundation. He has also worked on a Presidential campaign, several congressional races, was Governor Tomblin's political director for his two elections and was his Senior Advisor for two years in the Governor's office. While in the Governor's office Cory worked on several development projects and business related issues. Since being the President of Vision Shared, Cory has participated and helped sponsor over 25 different business plan competitions.