The Trombone Player Who Cares

John Lothian

John Lothian

Executive Chairman

I am used to getting teary eyed when talking about serious subjects in front of large audiences. I am not used to seeing Walt Lukken, the FIA President & CEO, get that way. However, as he closed his comments at the FIA Americas Operations Washington Update at the Union League Club of Chicago May 5, Walt became noticeably emotionally impacted by the subject he was talking about.

Walt was talking about Kim Taylor and her very public campaign to take on colon cancer as she battles that disease.

Walt had told us about three things industry associations do, they are the voice the industry, they present a forum for discussion and they bring us all together in a community.

Offering first hand evidence of the closeness of that community, Walt became “verklempt” as he talked about Kim Taylor, her battle and efforts of the KT Team to bring laughter into her life during this difficult time.

If you have not heard or seen the videos of people laughing for Kim, to bring cheer to her after her treatments, go to

Walt started his comments noting he was/is a trombone player and the influence the trombone had on his life. We are all better for Walt having chosen to play the trombone. And we are all better for having him as a leader in our industry community.

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