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James Payne, Warehouse Expeditor, Shaw Electric Co.,
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 and graduated from high school. Today he works at Shaw Electric in Southfield and plans to pursue a career in electrical or mechanical engineering.

“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.”

“James has been a wonderful addition to our team,” said Bob Marsh, vice president, Shaw Electric. “He’s well liked, punctual, and a very good worker. Our industry needs more people like James.”