Hi. I’m Rebecca and am serving on the Financially Fit Employees scholarship committee. Here’s a little about me. I was born in Utah and raised in northern California where I watched and experienced my father raise himself from poverty to financial security and even wealth through hard work, self-discipline, and, as he said, some luck to be in the right place at the right time. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Political Science and worked as a flight attendant for Pan American Airways. I am married and have 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. My husband and I began our marriage with very little, but we lived frugally and saved. We have been through financial and physical challenges, but have emerged stronger and wiser. Along the way, we have tried to teach our children the value of work and an understanding of how to save and budget for a rainy day. Some of our children took this advice and some did not. But they all received college educations and are self-sufficient. Now that we are retired, it is a great comfort and sense of security to know we can continue to be independent and secure for the rest of our lives. I wish that for all of you--get an education, find a fulfilling job, work hard. It is good for us and it makes us happy.
Hi. I’m Craig and am also serving on the Financially Fit Employees scholarship committee. Here’s a little about me. I was born and raised in Illinois. My family had very little money so I learned at an early age to work. I was willing to do anything from a paper route to working on a farm and in a gas station to earn the money I needed to pay for my college education and my passion for flying. I could work on the farm all day and make enough money to pay for an hour of flying lessons. I graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. I went to work for the Boeing Company in Seattle but with a downturn in the economy I was laid off just 2 years later. I worked for Cessna aircraft for another 2 years and was laid off again. This may sound familiar to some of you. During this time, I was married and because my wife was still working, I returned to college and finished an MBA. We had no money but traveled together on her airline benefits. There were sacrifices, but we did not mind. I took a job with a land development company and we moved to Reno, Nevada. We have 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. After many years I became a partner in the development company. We are lucky to have had a good income, to have saved diligently, and to have had wonderful employees. It is a great feeling to be able to retire and know that we can enjoy life and that we will be financially secure.