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Location: Overland Park, Kansas USA
In My Own Words:
My wife Debbie and I were guests of the people of Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia in 2000. We found ourselves impressed by the beauty of Africa and the hospitality of its people. Ethiopia in 2000 reminded me of South Korea as it was in 1962 and 1963, when I had the pleasure of serving in Korea with the United States Army's Transportation Corps. Our suppliers were from the private sector in South Kor… Read more
My wife Debbie and I were guests of the people of Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia in 2000. We found ourselves impressed by the beauty of Africa and the hospitality of its people. Ethiopia in 2000 reminded me of South Korea as it was in 1962 and 1963, when I had the pleasure of serving in Korea with the United States Army's Transportation Corps. Our suppliers were from the private sector in South Korea, and it was the local Korean entrepreneurs, who became the engines of growth for the future development of the country.
Having graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1961, having spent my business career in the United States, and having travelled to thirty-seven countries and six continents, I found myself becoming interested in the opportunities for entrepreneurs in Africa. Upon returning to the US, I began researching successful entrepreneurs in Africa. During my search, I became aware of the opportunities and roadblocks that the cultural, economic, social, political, and physical environments provide in Africa. This new-found awareness led me to also search for actual or proposed projects and policy changes that are, or could be, of great benefit for the people of Africa and the entrepreneurial environment.
In March 2002, Quorum Books, an imprint of the Greenwood Publications Group, published my first book, Entrepreneurship in Africa: A Study of Successes.
Its sequel, Africa: Continent of Economic Opportunity, featuring all new stories of success, was published in November 2006 by STE Publishers of Johannesburg, South Africa.
My third book, African Entrepreneurs in the 21st Century, Their Stories of Success (EPP Books Ghana, September 2012), is again a sequel presenting all new entrepreneurial stories.
All three books featured success stories about different entrepreneurs creating jobs and improving the quality of life in their African communities.
All three books are based on correspondence with people in Africa and around the world who are interested in the sustainable development of Africa. These correspondents include professors of economics interested in the future of Africa, entrepreneurs doing business in Africa, non-governmental agencies involved with the economic development of Africa, and journalists and people in general, who are interested in Africa's development.
There is a growing interest concerning the continent being developed to fulfil its immense potential. All three books show the business opportunities that can be found in Africa, and also the problems people encounter realising them. Most books deal with macroeconomics when actually it is the small and medium enterprises of the world that create the majority of new jobs. By presenting interesting case studies of individual small, medium, and large enterprises and community projects creating jobs in Africa, all three books are a guide to the way business should be conducted in Africa.
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