Nicolas Blaser is Vice President of Commercial Banking for BB&T in Ocala, Florida and has over 24 years banking experience. He’s past chairman of the Marion County Public Education Foundation and a triathlete.
“I’m inspired each day the Lord blesses me with air in my lungs. I always say out loud “life is short.” My best friend died in my arms 17 years ago after a night of partying before his wedding; yes…his bachelor party. That could have easily been me. For the next 10 years after that I chose to hide from that reality through the continued use of alcohol; I like to call it being a social alcoholic. In 2010 we put my father in a nursing home due to his Parkinson’s disease. A man who I like to call Tarzan when I was a kid, now mentally and physically crippled. Each day I went to visit him and I saw how he and the 100’s of others lived in this nursing home and said to myself, it’s time to make some serious changes in my life. So I replaced the alcohol with swim, bike, run.
Nick’s personality is larger than life. He’s the one in the room (or at the race) they all gravitate towards. He’s completed two Ironman races (Florida and Louisville). He won the Olympic Conchman Triathlon in the Bahamas in 2016 and has an intense 2017 race schedule planned with Ironman Maryland as his A race. Nick is President of the Ocala Triathletes triathlon club.