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Jerry Haynes

OK, where do I start.

I was born…., no that line has already been taken.Call me…, oops so has that one.

Well, I won’t attempt to spout musical prose, and just be myself.

I grew up in the small cotton mill town of Fries, VA.

My parents were hardworking members of the middle class. They never earned more than a little over minimum wage, but I can never remember lacking for anything.

After graduating from Fries High School in 1969, I started to VA Tech. After two years of partying (1st), going to movies (2nd), and studying, well, much further down the list,

VA Tech decided I need a two year break to get my priorities straight. With a number 8 in the draft lottery, I knew that even if the Hokies didn’t want me, Uncle Sam did.

I joined the US Navy. I got my priorities straight. I’m proud to be a Viet Nam veteran, but feel guilty I never got deployed. I graduated from Tech in 1977 with a BS in Civil Engineering.

For the next 35 years I would work in both the private and public sectors. My first job took me to Tazewell County, Virginia where I soon joined the Jaycees. This ignited my passion for individual development. This passion still burns today.

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