Not Far From The Tree

Not Far From The Tree

by Eric Otis Simmons


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"Not Far From The Tree" is a fascinating story about the life of Eric Otis Simmons and how he utilized the invaluable "seeds of knowledge" instilled in him by his Mother, a single parent, to go on and achieve academic, athletic, and business success with some of America's largest Corporations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692953303
Publisher: Eric Simmons Enterprises, Inc.
Publication date: 03/20/2017
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Eric Otis Simmons was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and moved to Montgomery, Alabama at the age of 13 with his Mother who raised him as a single parent. He went on to graduate from Auburn University where he finished in the Top 10% of his class (B.S. Business Administration, Marketing minor) and became a Varsity Basketball Letterman after walking onto the team.

After College, Simmons spent a little over three decades in Corporate America in various Sales/Sales Management roles with Fortune 500 employers IBM, AT&T, GE, MCI and W.W. Grainger. At IBM, he was named "Class President" of the Company's then world-renowned Sales Training Program. His domestic business travels took him to 37 states, and his international business trips took him to Paris, Brussels and Hong Kong where he was successful in closing sales of $500,000, $1 million, and $25 million respectively. During his IBM tenure, Simmons appeared on a WSFA-TV live broadcast entitled, "Blacks in Corporate America." He has also been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine's "Powerplay" section in an article entitled, "The new deal on business entertaining."

A Certified Wix Webmaster, Simmons recently started his own website development company, Eric Simmons Enterprises, Inc. (ESE, Inc.) which builds "Personal Brand" websites for High School Student-Athletes to help them get "noticed" (i.e., recruited) by College Coaches. ESE, Inc. utilizes Simmons' Copyrighted EC3 Continuum methodology to assist Student-Athletes and their Parents with the critical stages of Engaging Coaches (for Recruiting), Engaging Colleges (for Admission), and Engaging Companies (for Employment).

After roughly 15 years of people urging Simmons to write a book about his life, in March 2017, he released his self-published Memoir, "Not Far From The Tree." The book is dedicated to his Mother and speaks to the invaluable "seeds of knowledge" she instilled in him that enabled him to accomplish some amazing things in life despite seemingly impossible odds.

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