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JIM FLINN, HOOKER CLASS, 1993

Jim Flinn (Hooker Class, 1993) hadn’t been in law school very long when he fell ill. He thought it best to let his professor, Ronald Trosty, know at the beginning of class that he wasn’t prepared and why. Professor Trosty thanked him for being honest. “As soon as class began, Professor Trosty asked the first question of the day, and guess who he called on? Me!” Flinn said with a flourish. Flinn couldn’t believe it. “So I apologized, and again I told him that I had been sick and hadn’t had time to prepare,” said Flinn. “He then told me, ‘I may understand, but will your employer understand? Will your client understand?’ He had me leave the class because I was unprepared.” At the time, it was a tough lesson to learn, but to this day, Professor Trosty’s teaching moment has guided Flinn through the decades to what is a very impressive career in the health care field.

“I learned there are no excuses. So not only do I now prepare, I over-prepare,” Flinn said. “And that more than anything else has helped me to be successful today.” JIM FLINN

JIM FLINN, CEO OF ST. LUKE’S MEDICAL CENTER IN PHOENIX

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