Gary Hartfield Featured in Tampa Bay Times

Gary Hartfield Featured in Tampa Bay Times

Local entrepreneur Gary inspires people to Stand

(Article written by Kenya Woodard, Times Correspondent © 2015 Tampa Bay Times )

It was 1989 and Gary Hartfield had flunked out of Florida A&M University for the first time.

Hartfield had switched majors, and the work proved to be tougher than he expected. His grades tanked, as did his self-esteem and confidence.

Sobbing about his plight to his mother, Norma Jean, on a pay phone, Hartfield said he wholeheartedly expected her to tell him to quit and come home.

But Norma Jean Hartfield refused to pity her son, the youngest of her brood of six.

“My mother said, ‘Gary, I want you to stand — anyhow,'” he said. “That’s when I began to transition from a boy to a man.”… to read the entire article click here

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