Build A Bike

As a former engineer, I still miss the hands on part of bringing an airplane to life. But recently, I had the chance to work on a production line using the “lean” manufacturing techniques we talk about all the time. Okay, so we weren’t building airplanes. But I teamed up with other members of Boeing’s leadership team during a retreat in Arizona to build 202 bikes in 90 minutes.


A great team from Boeing gets to work. That’s me on the bottom right.

The Build-a-Bike event was part of an effort by Boeing to reward children in the Mesa School District. The bike recipients, first and third-graders, were selected based on guidelines established by the school district including attendance and classroom achievement.


The bike building marathon is just one way that Boeing’s Global Corporate Citizenship helps make a difference in the communities where our employees live and work. In total, $147 million from The Boeing Company and its employees were distributed around the world in 2011 through thousands of charitable grants and business sponsorships.

It was truly a pleasure and a lot fun to take part in such a great effort. Congratulations to those deserving students in Mesa and enjoy the bikes!


Comments (6)

T-Man (nc):

now that is just too damn cool...

Jair Sweatman (Atlanta, Georgia):

This is the type of leadership that makes a difference. I applaud your approach and the results! The example is one I will give much thought to when planning in the future.

Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration.

Bill Packard (Roy, Utah):


Having been an observer of Boeing for the last thirty + years, this is the first time I have been made aware of the extent of Boeing's charitable giving. Grateful thanks to you and your other Boeing employees, and let us hear more examples of this great service.

Russel Ahmed (Dhaka, Bangladesh):

BOEING ALWAYS MAKES a Difference. Being an Aviation Freak I am a BOEING FREAK. Inspiration leads towards Success. Planning for future always a pro active approach. Salute to the great SOULS OF BOEING....Always the key to success.....The Honor and Respect BOEING Gives....Written down in the heart for lifetime.....ROCK ON FOREVER......

Shawn Mahoney (Renton, WA):

This is an inspirational example of community leadership and combines so many important values that are vital to our future. I would jump at the opportunity to participate in an event like this.

Thank you Boeing and Everyone involved.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Awesome -- great initiative!

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