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Pinstripe Suits to Prison Blues: How an Entrepreneur went from Millionaire to Bankruptcy and Prison Only to Return a Stronger Person Dedicating His Life to Helping Others with the Power of Faith Family and Friends

Pinstripe Suits to Prison Blues: How an Entrepreneur went from Millionaire to Bankruptcy and Prison Only to Return a Stronger Person Dedicating His Life to Helping Others with the Power of Faith Family and Friends


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The story of an entrepreneur from humble beginnings as a deck hand (laborer) on a fishing boat to landing this dream job, ships Captain, at the young age of nineteen, living his dream of being at sea. That was not to be his destiny. By chance, a newspaper advertisement for a car salesman was about to change his life forever. Starting anew at age 21, working his way from car salesman to owning his own Chevrolet Dealership and building a three dealership and commercial real estate empire. Making impossible deals, building a business, eventually becoming one of the largest Chevrolet dealers in the United States, just to see it all crumble in 2008 ultimately landing him in prison. Imprisoned for money he did not steal, nonetheless having made bad business decisions that lead to his loss of all things material and eventual incarceration. The untold story of state prison life from a white-collar inmate having never been in trouble with the law. This story includes fishing tales, car sales stories, accounts of the growth and collapse of a business empire, jailhouse tells and more. The Enlightenment that followed the rise and resurrection of an entrepreneur and his re-entrance into the business world this time as an author, consultant, and speaker. This book is his mission to share the journey with others. Follow this philanthropist, community leader and businessman on his vocation and journey of sharing, listening, and educating, seeing and speaking to those that wish to grow, overcome, succeed and be all they were intended to be, the entrepreneurship you thought was only a dream. While teaching the lessons learned, mistakes make, guardian angles provided, and how to reemerge a better yet stronger person with faith, family and friends. This book will give you a new insight to those deserving of a second chance. We all make mistakes, have losses in life even tragedy to ourselves and loved ones, you can and must learn while understanding those mistakes or tragedies were stepping stones, in the journey we call life, this is such a story of learning, surviving and sharing. Enjoy this read through the eyes of a fallen entrepreneur that survived to see the enlightenment and share the vision.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986228605
Publisher: Hopeful Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/14/2014
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Michael R. Holley was born in Panama City, FL, on Dec. 26, 1960. He started from solid but humble beginnings, the son, grandson and nephew of boat captains in a small town where fishing and shipping were the dominant industries. Michael worked his way up from deckhand to captain - his dream job - by the time he was 19 years old. But staying in the family business was not to be his destiny. An advertisement for a car salesman's job would change his life forever. In 16 years he would go from salesman to owning his automobile dealerships, eventually accumulating three franchises in Lakeland and Bartow, Florida. During the financial crisis of 2008, it all came crumbling down, and Michael lost all his worldly possessions and, ultimately, his freedom. After pleading no contest and serving a 20-month prison sentence for theft, he found a new purpose in life. He thanks God for the lessons he learned and the guardian angels who brought him through the roughest parts of his journey so far. Michael's life now has a whole new meaning as he helps others by giving back. Writing, speaking and consulting to all who will listen to his brutely honest account of his successes and mistakes. He is currently working on publishing projects including a self-help series of books that will feature a character known as "the Engager.'' "Finding the Wisdom You Seek'' is the first in that series. He is also writing a sequel to his first book, "Pinstripe Suits to Prison Blues.'' Follow him at on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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