It was a tale of dedication to his goals and his ideals that keynote speaker Fred Beans imparted to the class of 2012 at Bucks County Community College’s Commencement on May 17.
By reading wisely and widely, choosing mentors who believed in him, being impeccable with his word and remembering to always give back to his community, Fred Beans has built his business to one of the most successful automotive groups in the country. It began as a single service station purchased using a $5,500 loan from his mother when he was just 20 years old.
“The Fred Beans family now has nineteen dealerships, four collision centers, the largest parts warehouse in the United States, a NAPA store, and a car rental company,” said Beans. “We sell 25,000 cars a year and we have close to 1650 employees!”
In congratulating the graduates, he urged them to do something great with their education.
“It’s your responsibility to take this gift of education and apply it in the world and maximize every opportunity. As an old guy there is one thing I am absolutely sure about: It is my duty to leave the world a better place than I found it. It is my duty to share with young people like you how you can also make the world a better place; you can read wisely, seek mentors and be responsible.
“I am grateful for your commitment to your education and thankful to those who supported you on your journey. Remember the value you offer the world and remember to thank those who have invested in your value. Take action today.
“Congratulations, Class of 2012, as you embark on creating your own timeline. Remember, it’s the books you read, the people you meet and the actions you take that all impact this community and the lives of all you come in contact with. Enjoy your journey!”
At the close of the speeches, Fred Beans was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree by the college’s president, Dr. James J. Linksz.