Our clients all have a story, and these stories range from heroic to heartbreaking. We have heard stories about our clients’ service to this country, the love and loss they have experienced, their children’s accomplishments, and the arrival of new grandchildren. Most of these stories are wonderful and have happy endings and a few are heartbreaking — but every once in a while, we hear a story that is truly historic.
A recent story involving George Griffin is one of these. “Jorge” as he’s known to his good friends, represents RAA as a pilot representative, is an American Airlines Captain and a Check Airman on the 777, and also serves as a “Check Mate.” For anyone unfamiliar with this term, it is someone who fellow pilots can go to when they are experiencing trouble in training or in life. All of this tells you how accomplished Jorge is at his craft and how much he cares for his profession and coworkers, but it doesn’t come close to telling you what a great guy he is.
Last month, Jorge was given the incredible honor of serving as the Captain on the American Airlines aircraft that transported Pope Francis throughout his visit to the United States. But this was not really a surprise to anyone who knows Jorge well. The phrase “couldn’t happen to a better guy” gets thrown around a lot, but this historic honor really could not have happened to a better guy than Jorge. His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will always know that their father and grandfather did something truly extraordinary.
It’s great to see something like this happen at the pinnacle of the career of someone who has worked hard, done things the right way and strived to be the best he can be in his chosen profession. But more than this, Jorge has always strived to connect with and make an impact on everyone he has worked with. So when an opportunity like this arises, nobody even has to ask the question; “Who deserves this honor?” The answer is obvious.
I haven’t had the chance to hear all the details yet from Jorge, but I’m looking forward to a couple of beers and a great story very soon. Congratulations, my friend, on a deserving and historic honor.
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