If you know Brian Pinkins, you know he doesn’t know a stranger. But were you aware that the Pike High School grad, shattered backboards playing basketball at Lincoln Memorial University, and is more recently known for his lemon cake pops?
Brian Pinkins is an Indianapolis native who graduated from Pike High school in 1999. Brian was part of the first ever Pike High school basketball state championship team in 1998 and earned a full ride basketball scholarship to attended Lincoln Memorial University located in Harrogate, Tennessee. His freshman year at Lincoln Memorial, Brian shattered the backboard at his first college practice. Railsplitter is the Lincoln Memorial University mascot and “backboard smasher” would be an apt nickname for Brian, who played power forward for the Railsplitters. Brian went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in business management. After graduating Brian made the decision to relocate back to his home town of Indianapolis. Soon after establishing himself, he then met his wife Julie, and began his professional career. Brian and Julie wed in September of 2011 and now have a spunky 3 year old daughter named Brooklyn. Brooklyn keeps Brian and Julie busy with her favorite sports gymnastics, swimming and playing with baby dolls!
Over the years, Brian has donated his time and resources to community organizations like the Boys & Girls Club, United Way and Habitat for Humanity, and has organized and hosted events to benefit Gleaners Food Bank and leukemia and lymphoma research. Brian’s giving and community impact mentality stems from inspiration he gained from watching his sister survive two tough battles of leukemia.
Brian is the Director of Retirement Services Operations for OneAmerica where he has worked for the past 10 years. Brian also served as the United Way Campaign Chairman for the 2016 OneAmerica United way Campaign.
When Brian isn’t too busy helping others, telling a joke or playing with his daughter Brooklyn, Brian enjoys doing the majority of the cooking at home and entertaining friends and family. He claims his culinary skills were learned from his father, who did the majority of the cooking when Brian was growing up. Self-proclaimed Grill-Master, Brian likes to try out new recipes, and he’s proud that his family loves mostly everything he cooks. Cake pops are his secret specialty.