By William T. Phillips
Serving throughout the Korean conflict, Airman invoice Phillips witnessed the first-ever B-52 bombers flying overhead.
More than fifty years later, his corporation, Phillips carrier Industries, will be charged with revamping the platforms on those self same airplane in addition to constructing the B-1 bomber keep an eye on process, rebuilding U.S. nuclear missile silos and designing parts for the Mars rovers and the distance shuttle’s robot arm.
How did an Arkansas farm boy pass from operating in his grandfather’s fields to development an important company that’s thought of a global chief in aerospace know-how and nationwide safety?
By by no means taking flight of a freelance or backing down from a struggle.
Sticking to the fundamentals upon which this kingdom used to be founded—hard paintings, integrity, ingenuity and entrepreneurship—Bill cast a firm that has succeeded the place many others have failed.
From brawls on inner-city streets, showdowns with the union, and struggles to supply for his spouse and 8 young ones, to his conferences with the Pope and the president of the us, Bill’s insightful, frequently hilarious anecdotes display a guy now not simply pigeonholed.
A kingdom boy at center, he counts between his pals heads of kingdom, NFL group vendors, bishops and company leaders—many of whom he’s mentioned enterprise and existence with whereas waist-deep in water, fishing pole in hand.
A patriot, kinfolk guy and a voracious reader, invoice Phillips has hung on to outdated American values whereas aiding to forge a brand new the USA.
He has visible the realm pass from dials, dirigibles and hydraulics, to voice command, Predator drones and computer-aided direct production that permits NASA exploration gear to rebuild itself in area. He’s had a hand in radical alterations that experience redefined aerospace, nationwide protection and American normally.
Though invoice Phillips will not be a family identify, the corporate that bears his identify, Phillips carrier Industries, employs over six hundred humans in addition to 3 generations of the Phillips kin, generates over $130 million in profit in step with 12 months and, via its dedication to our nationwide pursuits, is helping the US sleep extra securely at evening. His is a real American luck tale.
“One of the good things approximately the USA is the entrepreneurial spirit of our state. And Mr. Phillips is an entrepreneur.”
—President George W. Bush
“Bill Phillips is likely one of the maximum marketers… each time i've got met him, he’s informed me approximately one other new corporation he’s got. i'm within the pro-football enterprise and invoice used to fly me in his inner most aircraft to away video games all around the nation. we might fly over convinced cities and we'd glance down and he may say to me, ‘I personal such and any such company there.’ he's a truly humorous guy with an outstanding humorousness and is often a excitement to be with—and he by no means charged me for the aircraft rides. in case you ever are looking to rejoice, booklet a lunch or a dinner with Bill.”
—Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., proprietor and Chairman, Ralph Wilson businesses,
Buffalo money owed
“Bill Phillips reminds us all of what it's that makes the United States nice! he's a vintage entrepreneur…an enormously profitable company chief who hasn't ever forgotten the place he got here from.”
—David Brandon, Chairman and CEO, Domino’s Pizza, Inc.
“One of the simplest books round at the strength of the unfastened firm approach by way of one in every of America’s nice company innovators.”
—Rodger D. younger, Founding accomplice of younger & Susser, computer,
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United countries basic meeting
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