It is always around the holiday season that I like to start recognizing people who have made a difference over the past twelve months. Look at every tabloid in your grocery store and you will see terrible men like Ashton Kutcher and Kris Humphries featured on the front covers. You will learn about their extra marital exploits and their pure drive to get more money. Why do we only get to feature the terrible people in the news? I want to recognize the good guys! The three people I have decided to feature prove that there are still, a few good men.
The first man I would like to feature is Yo-Yo Ma. Though Yo-Yo might not be a pop icon, he is arguably the best cello player to ever live. I had a great fortune to meet Yo-Yo while doing an interview in NYC. Yo-Yo was one of the most genuine people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I was convinced he has an amazing person when I turned around after the interview to see him deep in conversation with two of my employees. He spent 15 minutes talking to them and never once mentioned his personal accomplishments. He truly wanted to know what made his fans tick.
The second person I would like to extend a hearty thank you to is Jackson Rathbone, star of Twilight. I was covering a red carpet event for the new Twilight movie in Atlanta when I had the opportunity to interview Jackson. Just before I extended the mic towards him, he told me, “Hold on a second Conn, I need to say hi to my fans.” Jackson proceeded to hop into the media pit and take pictures with about 75 different people and spent twenty minutes talking to the group. This made my jaw drop!
Finally, I would like to recognize Javier Colon winner of The Voice for his continued support to his fans. At the same Twilight red carpet, Javier decided to come along to not only support his friend who was singing at the premier but also to connect with some of his fans. I witnessed Javier bypass all the media to hop into the crowd to take pictures with his most loyal followers. He didn’t want media attention, Javier simply wanted to recognize the people who helped him become a star.
All three of these men have impressed me enormously. They come from different walks of life and have different professions. However, they do all have one thing in common though. They all stated that, “I would be nothing without my fans.” Salute to you Yo-Yo Ma, Jackson Rathbone, and Javier Colon. You among the elite, you are a few good men!