The city of Phoenix is as diverse in its industries as it is in its culture—a perfect combination for a thriving innovation ecosystem—and INNOVATE PHOENIX captures just that.
INNOVATE PHOENIX is a tech-enabled coffee-table book that showcases the people and companies who are building their city to heights even beyond what Phoenix already boasts (four Fortune 500 companies, the site of epic sporting events, home to 22 American Indian tribes—and an average temperature of a perfect 75º). From titans of industry to scrappy startups, INNOVATE PHOENIX features stories of organizations large and small whose names are household, or soon will be. Features of bespoke design and original Thought Leader pieces by some of the city’s most recognizable leaders fill INNOVATE PHOENIX. With AR video canvases on most features, images on the book’s pages come to life when scanned with the free Global Village AR app.
Check out a selection of the INNOVATE Phoenicians’ stories below.
“Business Gill” is a sales expert with 40+ years of advocacy for the elimination of deceit and dishonesty in the profession he loves. His peers named him the “Father of Honest Selling,” the “Best Business Connector in St. Louis” and one of the “Top 100 St. Louisans to Know” to succeed in business. His passion is identifying the win-win connections others can’t see, and his preferred model is doing so on a 100 percent commission basis.
“Craftsman Gill” built a barn in his backyard and created a cozy loft apartment on the top floor, complete with hand-built cabinets throughout, a custom Murphy bed and a really cool headboard made from an old, wooden extension ladder. Business travelers can find the “Barndominium” on Airbnb if they’d like to ditch the St. Louis hotel routine and try something unique.
“Hobby Gill” has ridden a bicycle 200 miles in 14 hours and then balanced it on his chin. He can say the alphabet in six different directions. Dogs follow him obediently. Puzzles fear him. And he can juggle anything from beanbags to bowling pins (both literally and metaphorically).
“Husband Gillby” is a hopeless romantic who met the girl of his dreams at 14, FINALLY got her to go on a date with him at 22, married her at 23, and has claimed the title “World’s Most Sickeningly in Love Husband” for himself. He also calls the 7.5-year courtship “My most successful, long-term marketing plan ever.”
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