Following the 2011 season, DeMargel resigned from the Bulls to take one year to develop new skills and travel around the world. In that time, he visited 94 cities in 27 countries and three sovereign territories. He kissed the Blarney Stone, participated in the harvest in Germany's wine country, witnessed a canonization by the Pope in Vatican City and biked the famous border between Germany and France. He even hiked the most difficult active volcano in Central America, an eight and ½ hour trek on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua.
As a means of allowing his parents to follow his adventures in Europe, DeMargel documented the three-month backpacking excursion under the name "Midlife Explorer" with a series of short videos in each city. To view the videos, visit his page at www.youtube.com/midlifeexplorer.
Today, DeMargel works with 919 Marketing to promote national franchises as a public relations specialist, producing winning campaigns to maximize publicity for his clients. He is an avid cyclist, a student of foreign languages, an impassioned traveler and unabashed foodie. He resides in Kingwood, Texas with his wife, MIsti and stepson, Ethan.
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