“One measure of your success will be the degree to which you build up others who work with you. While building up others, you will build up yourself.”
– Jim Casey
Jim Casey, founder of United Parcel Service (UPS), revolutionized package delivery around the world. A teenager when he started his own delivery company, Mr. Casey left three legacies by the end of his life: UPS, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Casey Family Programs. He always remembered that he had not done it alone.
He consistently gave credit to his mother, Annie E. Casey, for holding their family together after Jim’s father died. As a youngster delivering packages on the Seattle streets, Jim Casey was exposed to the excesses of a bustling city in the midst of the Klondike gold rush. It was the guidance of a strong mother and support of his family that kept him grounded.
The successful businessman sought ways to help those who lacked the family life he knew to be so crucial. With his brothers George and Harry and his sister Marguerite, Mr. Casey created Casey Family Programs in 1966 to help children who were unable to live with their birth parents—giving them stability and an opportunity to grow to responsible adulthood.