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February 19
Dave Armstrong: FFA members offer optimism for the future

In recognition of National FFA Week, we asked some GreenStone team members how their FFA experience guided their career path. Watch for their stories here this week.​ Dave Armstrong kicks off the blogs today expressing the impact FFA has on GreenStone employees.

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Like all the generations that have gone before us, today’s young people are a mixture of persona’s, skills, aspirations, and more. Yet, my experience working with FFA members over the past 20 years tells me the future of our industry, government institutions, and society in general will be in great hands in large part because of these talented young people.

While many companies lament finding and retaining young high-quality talent, our experience here at GreenStone has been just the opposite in large part due to the number of FFA alumni we hire. These young people have skills that make them job ready day one by having critical interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, team building skills, the ability to solve problems, public speaking and presentation skills, and the list could go on. 

That’s why GreenStone has been a strong supporter of the MI FFA Foundation for over 25 years providing not only financial support to help develop these skills and more in our future leaders but, many in-kind activities from judging various events to serving on the FFA Foundation board. We see these as sound investments in not only our future but, more importantly, the future of our country. 

Although I was not fortunate enough to have been an FFA member when I was growing up, I clearly see the value the organization brings to each and every student it touches. Yes, there are several worthy organizations that do similar things for young people but, none, in my opinion provides the breadth, depth, and practical life training like that of FFA.

Dave Armstrong is GreenStone's President and CEO and an honorary FFA American Degree recipient.

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