Haynie can attest to the fact that hard work can truly pay off. As an undergraduate student at Oklahoma State University, he took an interest in the renovation of Gallagher-Iba Arena. With very little commercial construction experience but a great love for OSU basketball, he was hired to work on the project as a laborer, literally digging ditches. As the months went by, Haynie gained the attention and respect of the superintendent of the project, which was spearheaded by Manhattan Construction. Fast forward to the present, and Haynie is now one of those who oversees Manhattan projects. He has been instrumental in the construction of multiple Tulsa icons, including the BOK Center and ONEOK Field.