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James Payne, Student, State University of New York Adirondack
Winning Futures Class of 2017.

Throughout his days at Madison High School in Madison Heights, James wasn’t focused or concerned about his future, coasting through classes with a C average. His mentor, Bob Foyt, retired senior director of maintenance and engineering at JHP Pharmaceuticals, helped him see a bright future and put together a related strategic plan. James significantly improved his grades, graduated from high school and took a warehouse expeditor job at Shaw Electric in Southfield. Following his dream of becoming an engineer, James is currently moving to New York where he will enroll at the State University of New York Adirondack.

“I learned that I’m ultimately responsible for my future,” said James. “Bob helped me see a future and set goals. It changed my heart and mindset. It was amazing.”