Posted on Nov 17, 2014
President’s Perspective: Jim Flanagan Jim Flanagan and Jay Doherty

CFBC President 2005-2006

One of the greatest honors I have ever experienced was being asked to serve as President of the CFBC.

In the spirit of transparency, I’d like to tell the story of how I was asked to serve as 2nd Vice President that eventually led to my Presidency. I was driving to my office on a Saturday and saw a message from Bruce Dement. The first thing I thought of was he was calling about my unpaid dues. Yes, our company was struggling and we were having trouble paying our bills. I immediately called Bruce back and much to my surprise, he called me to ask me to become President CFBC. Needless to say I was relieved and said yes!

I was honored and humbled that of all people in the CFBC to choose from, they had the confidence in me to serve as President. Of course I had concerns about the time commitment and the responsibility. I soon learned how supportive the current leadership was as they prepped me during the two years prior to my becoming President. When it was time to serve, I was ready, thanks to such great mentors as Bruce DeMent and Joe Krusinski.

Major change was occurring when I became President. We had just lost our first Executive Director and were in the process of hiring a replacement. The interview process assisted in further developing the CFBC philosophy, goal setting and focus. This experience, as well as serving on other committees, enabled me to meet and serve with so many other dedicated CFBC members. Relationships were developed and today I can truly call them my friends.

People who know me well know that I live by the golden rule. Treat and give to others as you would expect to be treated in return. Never in my wildest dreams did I anticipate how much I have benefited from my involvement in the CFBC. I think we have all learned our business and personal lives have their ups and downs. The CFBC has always been there for me when I needed the support that only your peers can appreciate and support.

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