Posted by Susan Kowalski on Jul 22, 2019
 
Today we welcomed local entrepreneur and author Wesley Berry who spoke to our Club about his life and his new book Big Things Have Small Beginnings.  Wes is currently the host of The People's Voice, a weekly radio talk show that features both controversial and unifying topics.  Wes started his career as a teenager working at his family's floral shop.  But that was just a start to a long life of learning and success!
 
We started today's meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Opening Invocation.  Members were reminded about the August 12th Volunteer Appreciation Picnic and the Back 2 School supplies that we will be donating to the Salvation Army.  Please see our website for further details. 
 
While the restaurant prepared our lunch orders, Lisa introduced our guest speaker for today, Wesley Berry.  Wes started working at his family's Detroit-based florist shop when he was a teenager. He quickly demonstrated a strategic style of management that propelled it from a $60K per year business to a $60 million-dollar international business operating in 130 different countries. In 2016, after 40 years in business, he sold it to "retire" and follow other passions.  Through the years, he's provided consulting services to over forty businesses, served as Headmaster of a state-licensed private vocational school, and worked as a licensed real estate agent, having participated in over thirty commercial transactions.
Wes has received many honors and awards, including:
* 2003 - Pheasant Ring Autistic Community Ring of Hope Community Service Award
* 2008 - NAACP Oakland County Chapter's Corporate Leadership Award
* 2008 - Florist Review Magazine's Retail Florist of the Year for Community Involvement
* 2008 - Chamber of Commerce honoree as Business Person of the Year
* 2011 - Inc. Magazine's Top 500|5000-ranked Fastest Growing Retailer
* 2011 - Optimist Club's Person of the Year
* 2012 - Optimist International's Business Person of the Year Michigan District
* 2014 - Civil rights organization United We Walk's Community Leader Award
* 2016 - Commissioned Honorary Naval Commander (O-5) by Michigan Governor Schneider
 
In his new book he shares what he has learned over the years about leadership and business growth.  In many businesses that fail, the small things are overlooked; they are the things that are often the easiest to implement, but at the same time they are easy to forget.  It’s these small things that have the greatest impact in the long-term.  Neglecting small things can be the difference between failure and success.  His book, Big Things Have Small Beginnings is available on the Amazon website.  Thank you for a very interesting talk Wes.
 
After Wes finished his talk we enjoyed lunch and some Rotary fellowship before we adjourned on time at 1:15 p.m.