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JIM FLINN, LIFETIME OF LEADERSHIP IQRA KHALID, WASHINGTON CLASS, 2012 AND RUBY SAHOTA, FITZGERALD CLASS, 2007

Flinn with former Governor John Engler

Dan Quayle greets Flinn

Right after graduation, Flinn started working at Lansing’s St. Lawrence Hospital in security. In his short time there, he remembered asking his colleague, Kevin Cole, about what it took to be a risk manager in his role with the hospital. “I quickly realized that an individual in risk management could be very influential,” Flinn surmised. “And with my law degree, I could earn a good living at it.” It was not much after that Flinn decided to dip his feet into politics and run for a Republican representative seat. Although he lost in a close primary race, he believes that the experience was all part of the greater plan.

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Flinn sought the nomination for state representative

“A career in politics is the best thing that never happened to me,” Flinn joked. “Especially when you look at today’s political environment.” Not to be discouraged, Flinn’s leadership aspirations were satisfied later when he ran and won two elections to his local board of education. He was proud to be an instrumental part of getting a new school built before his career changed, along with a move. “My dad likes to joke about that new building,” smiles Flinn. “He said that once I helped to get the building of the new school approved, he and other taxpayers got the bill for it - then you left town.” Flinn moved to Los Angeles, California, to be the Chief Operating Officer for Antelope Valley Hospital. It felt right, even though he had recently been


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