John Gaines-A STORY WORTH SHARING
Monday, June 27, 2016
A STORY WORTH SHARING:
John Gaines, born a crack baby, could not read as child, found his mother dead at the age of 7 and from HILLTOP, WA will participate in a special Centennial Celebration event—the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Opening Bell Ringing on July 15 in New York City. He was selected by The Boeing Company because of a centennial story that he shared on their online forum. He will be one of several Boeing employees to represent the company for this once-in-a-century opportunity. He’ll join colleagues behind the historic NYSE podium to signify the opening of the day’s trading session. The Opening and Closing Bell ceremonies at the NYSE provide a unique platform to celebrate our Centennial. The bell ringing will be featured on the NYSE website and on television networks such as CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Fox Business News, reaching millions of viewers worldwide.
This is one of the most familiar images of the NYSE on the news. It is a common sight to see a celebrity or executive from a corporation being honored by the opportunity. Trading floor bells are more than just a colorful tradition. They are critical to the orderly functioning of the marketplace, assuring that no trades take place before the opening or after the close. Each of the four trading areas of the NYSE has its own brass bell, operated synchronously from a single control panel.
PLEASE READ His Centennial story below:
Sky Is the Limit
By John Gaines
I am a former collegiate athlete, an NCAA champion in football, and an at-risk orphaned kid turned youth advocate and Boeing employee.
Through Boeing, I have learned how to share my story and inspire people with it. I have been able to speak numerous times at Boeing, universities, nonprofit organizations ... Boeing has allowed me to work with groups of parents, educators, coaches and mental health professionals and speak to and inspire thousands of youth!
My ultimate goal is to continue to help as many young people as possible -- to help them realize that regardless of the adversity or obstacles they may face, they can still push to be the great human they were created to be. As a young male from a crime- and drug-heavy environment, I never imagined I would be able to work for such a great company. I want to help others realize that the sky is the limit and they are not defined by their circumstances but rather by how they respond to the adversity they face.
I graduated from East Central University where I was an outstanding student in business and won a football championship as captain of the football team! In addition, I graduated from Liberty University with a master's degree in business leadership and I am currently pursuing a doctorate in business administration. I am truly living my dream and helping others find their purpose. I believe it as truth that none of this would be possible without Boeing helping shape and develop me into the person I am today. Thank you, Boeing -- I am ready for the next hundred years!