You’ve probably heard about the Miami banker, Leonard Abess, who sold the bank he owned, then turned right around and gave $60 million in bonuses to his 471 employees … averaging $127,000 each. Didn’t have to … wanted to.
In an interview with the Miami Herald, which he gave very reluctantly, Abess said he had always wanted to surprise the employees who had been loyal to the bank over the long haul “with no promise of equity.” Besides, said Abess, he personally didn’t need the money.
What a contrast to the arrogant, greedy bastards who ran their banks into the ground, then took stimulus money and used it to pay executive bonuses or throw lavish getaways for themselves and their sycophant cronies.
For far too long, role models in this country have come wearing cleats or spikes or Reeboks and followed around with an entourage of hangers-on. Well, stand aside, fellas, and make way for someone who truly deserves to be a role model.
If you don’t think so, just ask his entourage.