Cory was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM and always wanted to live in Durango, CO. He attended Fort Lewis College where he played for the varsity soccer team and was part of two Division 2 National Championship teams. In 2011, Cory graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in International Business. After finishing his undergraduate program, he decided to move back to Albuquerque and attend The University of New Mexico where he completed the MBA program with a concentration in Finance. Upon completion, Cory moved back to Durango and joined Bank of Colorado as a Management Trainee. He later moved on to become a Loan Officer.