• David Flowers

My favorite president

This post is entirely selfish. It has nothing to do with any of the things I normally blog about. I’m just proud of my little brother.

My brother Dan is president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. He is a model of excellence in everything he does there. This year, finally, he received the recognition he has deserved for years. If you know Dan, you’ll love watching this. If you don’t, I think it will inspire you. I may be the only person on earth who knows how hard Dan has worked not just at the foodbank but on becoming the person you see accepting that award. The love, the humility, the joy, the spontaneity — all of these things come from immense challenges Dan has stepped up to meet day after day. He is an inspiration to me and to all who know him, not because his challenges are unique, but because they are so common to all of us, and he does what it takes to overcome.

The woman speaking at the beginning is Vicki Escarra, CEO of Feeding America, the national network to which most foodbanks belong. Vicki began her career as a flight attendant for Delta Airlines and worked her way up to being a top executive at Delta, before accepting the job at Feeding America. These are quality people doing quality work. I have had the pleasure of meeting many food bank presidents and other employees and have been deeply impressed with their passion for their work.

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