Joiner speaks to business students

Posted November 23, 2010

It wasn't that long ago: The nation's economy was flying high, lifted on currents of greed, reckless spending and rampant debt.

Webb Joiner knows a little something about flight: The former chairman of Bell Helicopter Textron began his long and successful career in the aviation field back in 1964. Now retired, he also knows a little something about greed in the business world.

Speaking recently to a class of Abilene Christian University students, he said he worries corporate America has yet to learn the lessons of the recent economic meltdown.

"The thing that worries me most about young people today and the professional world they're entering is that the business community has really lost touch with its ethical base. There isn't any other way to say it:  The greed of which we've seen so much evidence over the past decade has brought us to where we are today," said Joiner. "I think that's a real challenge for a young person starting out when they see greed all around them is to not get sucked into that kind of thinking because you don't get there in one big step, but rather a lot of small steps.

"It's scary – news, for instance, of college coaches making $100,000 a week. How do you build an approach in a young person when they look around and see things like that? Hopefully this generation can start to get us back on course."

Joiner believes the power of a Christian education can bring about the kind of change the country needs.

"One of the things I love about ACU is the fact that students here are given a firm Christian foundation for them to build their lives and their business life around," said Joiner.