Come On, America: The Inspirational Journey of Ambassador Dave Phillips

Come On, America: The Inspirational Journey of Ambassador Dave Phillips


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Come On, America traces the incredible life of former United States Ambassador to Estonia, S. Davis (Dave) Phillips, who early in life faced challenges including a leg amputation, bullies, rheumatic fever, and being held back a year in school. Dave leads his life with hope and optimism through both his personal and business life, facing new challenges and grasping each opportunity with that unwavering view. This attitude led him to many places throughout the world and allowed him to meet national and international leaders. He is the recipient of many awards, but his most treasured is the Choate Seal, which was first given to John F. Kennedy.

The broad spectrum of Dave’s personal and business stories constantly entertains readers. Come On, America includes elements of historical relevance focusing on areas such as: the city of High Point, North Carolina; state politics as Secretary of Commerce under Governor Jim Hunt; United States ambassador involving world leaders; and a personal experience of the first international cyber-war including Estonia and Russia.

A major influence in the shaping of the International Furniture Market that brings 80,000 visitors to High Point twice a year, Dave’s business acumen resulted in three of his companies being sold to three different companies on the NYSE. Each new venture widened his scope of business and led him to make a beneficial difference in the city, state, national, and international sphere. He became an admired leader and successful businessman. Readers find his journey both inspirational and educational as they discover in Come On, America the qualities and traits needed to be an effective leader and a successful businessman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683507178
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 202
Sales rank: 467,933
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mary Bogest grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa. Mary and her late husband Stanley started out working in the motion picture industry in New York. Mary now has a popular newspaper column, “About Town,” that is featured every Sunday in The High Point Enterprise. She has received innumerable awards, honors, and honorary civic memberships for her writing highlighting community needs, events, and eminent and extraordinary individuals. She resides in High Point, North Carolina with her two dogs, Juliette and Josie.

Nido R. Qubein is the president of High Point University.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Chapter 1 An Unexpected Opportunity 1

Chapter 2 A Taste of Success 7

Chapter 3 You Don't Have Enemies, You Have Opposition 13

Chapter 4 The Accidental Yankee 19

Chapter 5 The Soviet Studies Program 25

Chapter 6 The Honey Fitz 31

Chapter 7 Face to Face 35

Chapter 8 The Heart of It All 41

Chapter 9 Taking Risks 47

Chapter 10 One of the Animals 53

Chapter 11 Market Square 57

Chapter 12 An Investor in People 63

Chapter 13 Bush Comes to High Point 71

Chapter 14 The Movie Studio 77

Chapter 15 The Market Square Tower 83

Photo Section 87

Chapter 16 Bringing People Together 105

Chapter 17 North Carolina Secretary of Commerce 111

Chapter 18 Marketing North Carolina to the World 117

Chapter 19 The Special Olympics 125

Chapter 20 Sale of Phillips Investments 135

Chapter 21 Rock House 141

Chapter 22 Jupiter Island 149

Chapter 23 The Dalai Lama 155

Chapter 24 The Road to the Embassy 161

Chapter 25 US Ambassador to Estonia 165

Chapter 26 A Small World 171

Chapter 27 Come On, America! 179

Acknowledgments 183

About the Author 185

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From the Publisher

Dave Phillips’ life is an American success story, from disability and ridicule to achievement and acclaim. His journey teaches invaluable lessons to those just starting out and it confirms the truth of freedom’s power for us all. He is a good friend: he is also an inspiration.
- Mitt Romney

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