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LAS VEGAS — Christopher Gardner, whose life inspired the blockbuster movie Pursuit of Happyness, went from homelessness to president/CEO of Gardner Rich & Co., a stock brokerage, but his greatest success was ensuring he was there for his son.

Gardner’s primary goal was to be able to say he was always there for his son after he had grown up without a father, he told attendees of CUNA’s America’s Credit Union Conference & Expo. When his wife left after he became unemployed and went to jail for $1,200 in unpaid parking tickets that he got because of his scientific sales job, she also took their son.

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