From Top of the FBI to Head of the BUS
"NEVER A TUMBLEWEED"
The speaker at our August breakfast will be Michael Mason, a former Marine officer, one of the four highest ranking African American FBI agents in the Bureau’s history, a Fortune 100 executive, and a Chesterfield County school bus driver. View this brief CBS News clip for a quick introduction.
Michael will speak about his career and the importance of being very intentional about achieving desired goals. He believes we sometimes think more about buying a car than about our career transitions and retirement plans, and his talk will give us insight into how encorepreneurs can fulfill their career and life goals without being a tumbleweed.
During his 23-year tenure with the FBI, Michael served as assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office and executive assistant director of the FBI. He oversaw the Bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch, and managed more than 6,000 Bureau employees.
When he retired to Midlothian, he began looking for something he could do to make a difference. In the spring of 2021, Michael heard about the severe bus driver shortage in Chesterfield County Public Schools, and he knew he’d be taking charge again – this time of a school bus full of students. You will enjoy this short clip from CBS News that tells Michael’s story.
Michael became a school bus driver in part to pay homage to teachers, coaches, and mentors that made such a difference in his life. As he told CBS News, “What could be more important than the attention we pay to our education system?" But the job had other benefits. As he said in an interview last year, “I’m smiling every day I fire up that bus because I know I am a small part of something trying to make this world a better place.”
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