By William T. Phillips
Serving throughout the Korean struggle, Airman invoice Phillips witnessed the first-ever B-52 bombers flying overhead.
More than fifty years later, his corporation, Phillips provider Industries, will be charged with revamping the platforms on those self same plane in addition to constructing the B-1 bomber keep watch over method, rebuilding U.S. nuclear missile silos and designing elements 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 construction a big company that’s thought of an international chief in aerospace know-how and nationwide security?
By by no means taking flight of a freelance or backing down from a struggle.
Sticking to the fundamentals upon which this state was once founded—hard paintings, integrity, ingenuity and entrepreneurship—Bill solid an organization 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 little ones, to his conferences with the Pope and the president of the U.S., Bill’s insightful, usually hilarious anecdotes exhibit a guy no longer simply pigeonholed.
A state boy at center, he counts between his pals heads of country, NFL group proprietors, bishops and company leaders—many of whom he’s mentioned enterprise and lifestyles with whereas waist-deep in water, fishing pole in hand.
A patriot, kinfolk guy and a voracious reader, invoice Phillips has hung on to out of date American values whereas assisting to forge a brand new the USA.
He has obvious the area 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 house. He’s had a hand in radical adjustments that experience redefined aerospace, nationwide protection and American typically.
Though invoice Phillips will not be a loved ones identify, the corporate that bears his identify, Phillips provider Industries, employs over six hundred humans in addition to 3 generations of the Phillips family members, generates over $130 million in profit in keeping 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 US is the entrepreneurial spirit of our nation. And Mr. Phillips is an entrepreneur.”
—President George W. Bush
“Bill Phillips is among the maximum marketers… each time i've got met him, he’s instructed 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 everywhere in the nation. we might fly over definite cities and we might glance down and he might say to me, ‘I personal such and this sort of enterprise there.’ he's a truly humorous guy with a very good humorousness and is often a excitement to be with—and he by no means charged me for the airplane rides. when you ever are looking to celebrate, ebook a lunch or a dinner with Bill.”
—Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., proprietor and Chairman, Ralph Wilson corporations,
Buffalo money owed
“Bill Phillips reminds us all of what it truly is that makes the United States nice! he's a vintage entrepreneur…an exceedingly winning 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 easiest books round at the strength of the unfastened firm procedure by means of certainly one of America’s nice enterprise innovators.”
—Rodger D. younger, Founding associate of younger & Susser, workstation,
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United international locations basic meeting
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