WASHINGTON D.C. (WWJ) – Brian Ritterby from Holland, Michigan got the experience of his life at the State of the Union address. He was invited to sit alongside the First Lady because his story of retraining himself for work in the energy field impressed the White House. During his speech, he was acknowledged by President Obama.

“When Bryan Ritterby was layed-off from his job making furniture he said he worried that at 55 no one would give him a second chance, but he found work at Energetics – a wind turbine manufacturer in Michigan. Before the recession they only made luxury yachts – today it’s hiring workers like Bryan who said I’m proud to be working in the industry of the future,” said Obama.

President Obama praised Ritterby for his determination and also made a commitment to continue to explore alternative energy measures.

Complete coverage of the president’s State of the Union address here.


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