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“Doing the right thing” became ingrained in Richard Vie’s character at an early age. Vie, the Chairman of Unitrin, Inc. and a guest speaker at the recent Trinity Business Network event, credits his Christian parents with establishing this principal pillar of his value system as a child.

“We are a product of our upbringing,” he stated to more than 200 listeners in the Grand Lobby of the Ozinga Chapel on March 7. “I was raised to believe that hard work brings its own rewards.”

The story Vie shared of his beginnings included being born during the Depression and living as a child during World War II, “a critical time in the shaping of this nation,” according to The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw, a book Vie says is representative of his life experience. He also spoke of becoming a husband, father and Navy fighter pilot.

VieIn these roles, and also as a corporate leader, Vie continued in his commitment to ethical behavior. “As Christians, we are witnesses in everything we do,” he said. “Do the right thing always, and be the best witness you can at work and in your neighborhood, church, and school,” Vie urged the host of local businessmen and Trinity business students.

Speaking of the immeasurable value of his own education, Vie said, “I am thankful above all for my own Christian education. I think it is the single most important cause we can support to make the world a better place.”

Vie and his wife Joan put this devotion to Christ-centered higher education into practice in the raising of their six children. One of them, Paul Vie ’92 of Willow Springs, Illinois, graduated from Timothy Christian and then Trinity with a business major.  He currently serves on the College’s board of trustees and served on the alumni board.  His outstanding education has helped him achieve his current executive position with a large national bank.

Vie has served in his leadership roles at Unitrin, Inc., a $3 billion Chicago-based diversified insurance and financial services company, since its inception in 1990.

President Steven Timmermans instituted the Trinity Business Network to provide Christ-centered business learning and service opportunities for Trinity Christian College alumni and friends.


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