Millionaire Moves: Seven Proven Principles of Entrepreneurship is an authentic and relatable account of how multimillionaire and generous philanthropist, William F. Pickard, Ph.D. navigated and flourished in the world of business. Pickard openly shares his business acumen, life experiences and common sense approach in an effort to help novice and entrenched entrepreneurs craft a blueprint to manage obstacles often associated with new business ventures. Pickard is confident that the seven self-prescribed principles (Vision & Attitude, Opportunity, Finance, Relationships, Talent & Skillset, Failure & Faith) detailed in his book will serve as a model for business aspirants all over the world.
“These seven principles, derived from some of my failures, have helped me attain success, moving from social worker to entrepreneur. I invite you to pick up the book and hopefully learn how to transform your dream into reality. The purpose of this book-is my way of giving back, and it’s my way of saying that whatever I have done, you can do it too,” says Pickard.
His 45-year entrepreneurial career began as a McDonald’s franchisee in Detroit, Michigan. He is the Founder and Chairman at Global Automotive Alliance (GAA), one of the country’s leading minority-owned logistics and manufacturing companies. Since its founding in 1989, GAA has generated more than $5billion dollars in sales with eight plants in the U.S. and Canada, and services corporations such as Boeing, Mercedes Benz, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Delphi, Johnson Controls, Starbucks, Home Depot and Merck Pharmaceutical. He is also the Co-Managing Partner of MGM Grand Detroit Casino; CEO, Bearwood Management Company; and co-owner of five black-owned newspapers. In 1990, President H.W. Bush took notice of Pickard and appointed him to the Federal Home Loan Board (Indiana) and the National Advisory Committee on Trade Policy Negotiations.
Dr. Pickard is a generous philanthropist, educator and mentor as well as a frequent lecturer at a myriad of colleges and universities across the country. Pickard continues to serve on numerous boards and his business endeavors have created thousands of jobs and opportunities for many. In addition to being an avid volunteer and spirit to help others, Pickard created a company-wide internship program to recruit the next generation of minority employees in plastics processing.