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A Father’s Life Lessons Taught through Small Business Ownership
Gary Williams Jr

Father’s Day … a time to reflect and appreciate each and every dad out there for their efforts of being a father and, in my case, a boss.

The UPS Store is truly a family business for me. My parents have dedicated the last 32 years of their lives to The UPS Store franchise, beginning back in 1981, the same year I was born. Much of my weekends growing up as a kid were spent in the car with my dad looking at new potential UPS Store locations. And anyone that has been in a family business can relate to many of the topics of the day being discussed at the dinner table.

Along the way, just like any family, we have certainly had our ups and downs. But on this day, I think it’s important to share some of the many life lessons my father has taught me along the way.

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Fathers of Flyers

Phil Devine springs off a diving board and performs multiple flips and twists before his vertical entry into the water below, barely displacing a few inches. Phil’s brother, Michael, bounds 32 feet in the air, performing adolphs, rudolphs and fliffusses following each bounce off of a trampoline.

John Devine, a 28-year UPS employee who works as an air operations supervisor in Illinois, hopes that the time and encouragement he provided his sons Phil and Michael will help them be successful in their journey to compete in the upcoming London 2012 Olympics.

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