Heroes Among Us: “You should have BIG SMILES every day”, With Jamie Gayton, EVP at PenFed Credit Union

Marco Derhy
May 12, 2019 · 23 min read
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LTC Gayton & Kimberly Dozier — before she was severely injured 2005

Love what you do. If not, reevaluate your career and your life. You should have BIG SMILES every day. You must go to work every day with a smile on your face. People want to be around positive people. When people ask how I am doing, my response is always, “Awesome.” If you ask my kids, “How is your dad doing?” they say the same. I have been known to sing the LEGO song in the morning at work: “Everything is awesome! Everything is cool when you’re part of a team. Everything is awesome when you’re living out a dream.” My email signature says BIG SMILES! rather than yours truly or very respectfully. I have had General Officers and Senior Executive Service officers ask me to explain my closing, and I tell them I believe it is important to set the tone of positivity. I have also had former students and soldiers reach out who remembered me by the moniker BIG SMILES at the bottom of my emails.

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LTC Gayton & Sheik Kamal — asked about his hospital — told him he would not get one (2005)
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Marco Derhy

Written by

A Positive Influencer | Author | 19 years publication industry | Created unique series | Founder @ Derhy Enterprises https://marcoderhy.com

Authority Magazine

Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Film, Sports and Tech. Authority Mag is devoted primarily to sharing interesting feature interviews of people who are authorities in their industry. We use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable.

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