Friday, April 28, 2006
A colleague at work brought me a photocopy of an article she had read in the Reader's Digest: Model Planes: How the man behind JetBlue created a great new way to fly. This article highlights the kindness and positive lifestyle of JetBlue's founder and chief executive, David Neeleman. I didn't know he was LDS as I began reading the article, but immediately began thinking something like, "Boy, I bet this guy is deeply religious - and congratulations to whatever religion helped shape him." Then came the punchline: oh, he's LDS! Now of course he could have been Protestant or Catholic or atheist or Buddhist - people of integrity and kindness are found all over the theological map - but the woman who brought me the article told me later that day that the Mormons she has known have a lot in common with David Neeleman (perhaps it's the attention deficit disorder - something I think I also proudly share with Brother Neeleman). I explained, of course, that we have plenty of problems, etc., but it's great to see a fellow Latter-day Saint - or anybody, actually - serving as a CEO the way Brother Neeleman does. It's nice to know that there are people like that at the top of the business world.
Posted by Jeff Lindsay at 9:45 PM