Former US Ambassador Dave Phillips discusses his new biography, Come On, America
Former US Ambassador to Estonia and furniture industry veteran, Dave Phillips joins Enterprise Radio to discuss his new biography, Come On, America.
Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Dave Phillips discuss the following:
- Why did you decide to allow, Mary, a journalist to chronicle your story in book form? Was that a scary proposition for you?
- Come On, America isn’t overtly political. Instead, your message is one of unity. How have you used your bipartisan platform through the years to promote unity and uphold democracy?
- Based on the format of the book, it feels like the reader is really a fly on the wall, eavesdropping on your conversations with writer Mary Bogest. I’m sure there were stories you had to cut. Were there any interesting or amusing anecdotes you didn’t include that you can share?
- As you recount your life story, you incorporate a lot of advice for fellow entrepreneurs and also life lessons of all sorts. What’s one piece of advice or lesson learned that remains important to you today?
- Your story resonates with people because it’s an underdog story. What was your key to overcoming adversity?
- As you reflected on your life and work, did you gain any new insights? Was there anything that surprised you?
- You’ve been a longtime champion of your home state of North Carolina. How have your efforts, both in business and community service, elevated North Carolina—and particularly the small town of High Point?
Despite facing numerous physical challenges early in life, S. Davis (Dave) Phillips turned those obstacles into opportunities, and he approaches each day with courage and determination. This attitude, along with his business acumen and his concern for others, has led him to many faraway places and allowed him to work with national and international leaders as a former United States ambassador to Estonia, past secretary of commerce for his home state of North Carolina and chairman of the 1999 Special Olympics World Games.
Phillips is the recipient of numerous awards, but his most treasured one is the Choate Seal, which was first given to John F. Kennedy. Phillips’ strategic investments helped shape the International Furniture Market, which brings 80,000 visitors to High Point, North Carolina twice a year. He has sold three of his companies to companies on the New York Stock Exchange. Today, he lives in North Carolina, where he continues to be an influencer, an admired leader, and a successful businessman.
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