By William T. Phillips
Serving in the course of 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 structures on those self same airplane in addition to constructing the B-1 bomber regulate approach, 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 cross from operating in his grandfather’s fields to development an incredible company that’s thought of a global chief in aerospace know-how and nationwide safety?
By by no means retreating 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 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 young children, to his conferences with the Pope and the president of the us, Bill’s insightful, frequently hilarious anecdotes exhibit a guy now not simply pigeonholed.
A nation boy at center, he counts between his pals heads of kingdom, NFL group proprietors, bishops and company leaders—many of whom he’s mentioned company and existence with whereas waist-deep in water, fishing pole in hand.
A patriot, family members guy and a voracious reader, invoice Phillips has hung on to outdated American values whereas supporting to forge a brand new the USA.
He has visible the area move from dials, dirigibles and hydraulics, to voice command, Predator drones and computer-aided direct production that permits NASA exploration apparatus to rebuild itself in area. He’s had a hand in radical adjustments that experience redefined aerospace, nationwide safety and American generally.
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 kinfolk, generates over $130 million in profit in step with yr and, via its dedication to our nationwide pursuits, is helping the US sleep extra securely at evening. His is a real American good fortune tale.
“One of the good things approximately the US is the entrepreneurial spirit of our state. 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 informed me approximately one other new corporation he’s received. i'm within the pro-football company and invoice used to fly me in his deepest aircraft to away video games everywhere in the kingdom. we'd fly over definite cities and we might glance down and he might say to me, ‘I personal such and this type of company there.’ he's a really humorous guy with an exceptional humorousness and is usually a excitement to be with—and he by no means charged me for the airplane rides. should you ever are looking to celebrate, e-book a lunch or a dinner with Bill.”
—Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., proprietor and Chairman, Ralph Wilson firms,
“Bill Phillips reminds us all of what it truly is that makes the United States nice! he's a vintage entrepreneur…an quite 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 easiest books round at the strength of the unfastened firm process by way of one in every of America’s nice enterprise innovators.”
—Rodger D. younger, Founding companion of younger & Susser, computing device,
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United international locations common meeting
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