Thursday, November 12, 2015
Stories From The Middle Seat By R.F. Hemphill Review
How do you build a multi-billion dollar international business?
And then how do you save one when it seems like all the cards are stacked against you?
Sharing letters he sent to his father during his years of traveling the world building—and then saving—a multi-billion dollar company, Bob Hemphill’s Stories from the Middle Seat recounts the funny, unique, and sometimes outlandish parts of international business.
From a time of significant prosperity to a period of domestic and international financial hardship, we have Bob’s insider views on what it takes to be successful, or at least to survive. We go from goose blinds in Virginia to Incan ruins in Peru, from the islands of the Caribbean to those of Greece, from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia to an Israeli kibbutz. Hemphill details the interactions with professional colleagues and with family, deals with the ups and downs of business, and responds with his inimitable wit and wisdom to it all.
Whether you’re an armchair traveler, a successful or beleaguered business person, or a reader simply looking to enjoy and learn about international business, you will relate to Hemphill’s humorous, candid and unfettered take on life, relationships – business and personal – and cultural eccentricities, realizing that it just may be these eccentricities and relationships that define our common humanity.
Cassandra's Review- This author brings to light great facts and shares so much information. I found this to be a very interesting and easy to understand book. While the topic may seem out of most people's reach, this is a great book to look into.
R.F. Hemphill, for much of his career, was employed at AES, a highly regarded global electric power generating and distribution company, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff to the CEO. Hemphill was one of the three executives who began the company in 1981, growing it from a million dollar six person start up. AES owns and operates 38,000 MW of power plants in 21 countries around the globe, is publicly listed on the NYSE, and had approximately $18 billion of revenues in 2013.
Recently, Hemphill was the founder and CEO of AES Solar Power Ltd from its inception until his retirement in December 2013. The company, formed in March 2008, is a joint venture of the AES Corporation and Riverstone LLC, an energy focused private equity fund. AES Solar is a leading developer, owner and operator of utility-scale photovoltaic solar plants connected to the electric power grid. These installations, ranging in size from less than 2 MW to more than 250 MW, consist of large arrays of land-based solar photovoltaic panels that directly convert sunlight to electricity. Under his leadership, the company designed, permitted and constructed fifty-one solar plants (526 MW) in seven countries: Spain, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, India and the US.
He has also been a senior policy official at the Department of Energy and Deputy Manager of Power at the Tennessee Valley Authority.
R.F. Hemphill graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University and earned an MA from UCLA and an MBA from George Washington University. He served as an airborne infantry officer in the US Army in Vietnam, and in the Special Forces.
His interests include geraniums, unsuccessful participation in Final Four pools, sporadic exercise, competitive duck cooking and tribal art.
I received a complimentary copy.