Lessons of an Entrepreneur

How to Grow, Take Risks and Survive

by Ray Pekowski


Book Details

Learn from the Past, Deal with the Present, Change the Future.

Lessons of an Entrepreneur is written for those who want to create a culture of stewardship and servant leadership within their company. Whether you are just starting your first business or are well established in your industry, the cultural environment you create will dictate your success. This is the story of not only growing a business but also creating a culture that fosters success, loyalty and a family mindset.

“I have known Ray for many years and have watched his company grow and him grow as a leader in the trade show industry. Ray’s story is one that we can all learn from and why I encouraged him to write this book. His experiences of being an entrepreneur are well documented in the stories he shares with us. Ray Pekowski reveals his secrets to his success and principles of being a servant leader.”
Colleen A. Rickenbacher
President/Owner, Colleen Rickenbacher, Inc.
Cofounder, Global Protocol, Etiquette & Civility Academy
Convention Industry Council Hall of Leaders Inductee 2016

“Wisdom is the ultimate reward for a lifetime of passionate investment in a multitude of decisions about life, faith, business, family and your personal vision for your own future. In this powerful book, Ray gives us the incredible benefit of dozens of lessons learned in his journey towards a life of fulfillment. As you read this account of his life of choices and outcomes, think about your own life and benefit from the lessons you are about to learn through his experience.”
Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA

"As a seasoned buisnesswoman who has experienced all the excitement and challenges our industry is known for, I find Lessons of an Entrepreneur both real and inspirational. Whether you are a successful entrepreneur or thinking about starting a company, Ray’s book is a must read.”
Sue Trizila
President and CEO, Wyndham Jade

“Pekowski is able to tell it like it is from the ups and downs. When it comes to real servant leadership, he is the servant king. He built a company, carried it through the recession and led it to greater glory. He is someone you want to work for, learn from and be around. Lessons of an Entrepreneur is a glimpse of what it takes to do the very best for your employees and customers. Buckle up for a great ride from a terrific leader of our time.”
T. Steel Rose, CPA
Editor, Abide Media, CPA Magazine


Book Excerpt

Nobody goes through life with an unbroken chain of success.  Everybody has failure and mistakes. We all embarrass ourselves. We all have pain. We all have problems. We all have pressure. The people who succeed have resilience.


About the Author

Ray Pekowski

Ray Pekowski is an entrepreneur and trade show industry leader who has started numerous companies over the last 30 years. From trade show companies to banks to owning trade shows. Since 1991 Ray’s company has been recognized by INC 500 as the 28th fastest growing company in the USA, the 2004 and 2005 Baylor University Hankamer school of business Texas Family Business of the Year, the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business, four-time recipient of the prestigious Dallas 100, the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau Byron Nelson Award and the Dallas Business Journal Top-25 Family-Owned Business.



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