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Cantrell, Wes

Wes Cantrell
World Class Business Leader
Author of
High-Performance Ethics:
10 Timeless Principles for
Next-Generation Leadership

Wes Cantrell Travel from Georgia
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Wes Cantrell is known as a world-class leader and a forward-thinking expert in marketing and sales. Before retiring as chairman and CEO of Lanier Worldwide, Inc. in 2001 after a career that spanned nearly five decades, Wes led a merger with Ricoh, a $14 billion copier manufacturer. He also successfully acquired and integrated several companies into Lanier.
Wes is currently a member of the board of directors for several organizations and businesses, including Ann Taylor Stores, Wells Real Estate Funds, and Southern Polytechnic State University Foundation. He received an honorary doctorate from Southern Polytechnic State University in 2002 and was named a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans in 2001.
Wes lives with his wife in Georgia and enjoys spending time with their four children and twenty-two grandchildren.

Speaking Topics . . .
High-Performance Ethics
Want to know the 21st century path to success? There is a better way to do business. And this better way - the ethical way - leads to amazing results: highly committed employees and customers, financial gains, and strong, healthy organizations.
Wes Cantrell, a highly respected and well-known business executive, knows the importance of strong values. In High-Performance Ethics, he teams up with Jim Lucas, an internationally recognized leadership consultant, to reveal a truly surprising secret: The road of principle is also the road to higher performance and richer results.
Using ten timeless principles for leadership, richly illustrated with examples from Wes's nearly fifty-year career with Lanier Worldwide, Inc., and ideas from Jim's cutting-edge leadership firm, the authors demonstrate that in order for one to be optimally successful in the marketplace, performance and ethics must go hand in hand.
This "leadership book with a twist" offers practical ways to integrate these two closely connected concepts into your own day-to-day practices - and as you do so, you'll discover a better way to think and live.

Testimonials . . .
"Clearly, an ethics-free focus on performance is a superb way to destroy performance ... But what is perhaps not as obvious is the wealth and good that can come from closely connecting these two powerful concepts - ethics and performance.
In this wonderful book, Wes Cantrell and Jim Lucas show us what this connection looks like, and how it can be put to work to build prosperous organizations and careers.
"You should find the style of this book appealing. It is a very personal case study encased in outstanding teaching. The focus is on the career of Wes Cantrell, an excellent leader and CEO who lived the precepts of this book in a forty-six-year career with Lanier.
"High-Performance Ethics is a rare commodity, a book with a truly unique and provocative message that can actually make a difference in the way we act and the results we get today. Its message is as important as any you will hear now or in the years to come."
Steve Forbes
President & CEO, Forbes, Inc.
Editor-in-Chief, Forbes magazine
"Using real-life examples from their own careers, Wes Cantrell and Jim Lucas demonstrate to readers that ethical leadership is needed today more than ever. From the family living room to the boardroom and from the chamber of commerce to the legislative chamber, people respond to principled, ethical leadership. In their book, High-Performance Ethics, Catrell and Lucas challenge their readers with hard questions that every aspiring leader should be prepared to answer."
Sonny Perdue
Governor of Georgia
"Finally, a book that ties high performance and ethics together. You don't have to trade one for the other - you need both, working together, to creat the healthiest, most productive work environment possible. Cantrell and Lucas show you how. Don't miss this book if you care about developing your own high-performance, highly ethical skills."
Michael Kroth
Author and Coauthor, The Manager as a Motivator and Transforming Work
"In an ever-changing society and business landscape, we need something solid and real to hang onto. Something that tells us how to do right, something that tells us how to do well.
"High-Performance Ethics points the way to that 'something' . . . . This book is based on principles that are thousands of years old, illustrated with examples as current and cutting-edge as today's news.
"You will do well to take the message you've received in High-Performance Ethics and apply it to your life and career"
Zig Ziglar
Author and Motivational Speaker
Founder, Ziglar
"What a great book. Every young man and woman entering the marketplace would do well to internalize these principles. Every seasoned business veteran will enjoy the story. The section on Life Balance vs. Whole-Life Symmetry is worth the price of the book."
Andy Stanley
Pastor, North Point Community Church
"High-Performance Ethics is a must-read book authored by two people who have lived these principles in the rough and tumble world of corporate America. Wes Cantrell and Jim Lucas have done a masterful job of clearly and practically communicating what it means to be a person of integrity in the marketplace. Read it, and you won't be the same."
Howard Dayton
CEO and Co-Founder, Crown Financial Ministries
"Finally, a book that ties high performance and ethics together. You don't have to trade one for the other - you need both, working together, to creat the healthiest, most productive work environment possible. Cantrell and Lucas show you how. Don't miss this book if you care about developing your own high-performance, highly ethical skills."
Michael Kroth
The Manager as a Motivator and Transforming Work
"Understanding and implementing the ten firmly-grounded ethical principles in High-Performance Ethics will allow people to achieve a stronger clarity of purpose. If you embrace the ten outstanding principles and strategically apply them to your organization, the results will be transforming."
Ed Oakley
CEO, Enlightened Leadership Solutions, Inc.
Co-Author, Leadership Made Simple
"High-Performance Ethics is a welcome ally in the struggle to restore America's respect for the dignity and morality of business. Success never comes to those who, deep down, consider their chosen occupation to be morally reprehensible, and Cantrell and Lucas provide an effective antidote. Instead of viewing ethics as an obstacle to success, High-Performance Ethics reveals the seamless integration between the two. Every business professional can benefit from this volume's performance-enhancing prescriptions."
Rabbi Daniel Lapin
President, Toward Tradition and the Ethical Capitalism Institute
"Many successful people wish their work had more lasting significance. High-Performance Ethics provides a pathway to pursue both significance and success within our marketplace careers."
Lloyd Reeb
Author, From Success to Significance: When the Pursuit of Success Isn't Enough
"My personal experience of working in the financial world, over the last forty years, is that those who have succeeded in business or who have succeeded personally have, either knowingly or unknowingly, applied biblical wisdon to their decision making. Wes Cantrell is a man who has experience at the very senior level in corporate America. I have known Wes for almost thirty years and have observed that his consistent, growing faith allowed him to perform as a CEO with almost unparalleled success. He ran a huge company always relying upon biblical wisdom in his decision making. He has added his illustrative stories to the rare wisdom that Jim Lucas offers as he unwraps ten enduring principles for today's corporate leaders across multiple industries for more than two decades. It is a priviledge to be able to endorse this book."
Ron Blue
President, Christian Financial Professionals Network
"In High-Performance Ethics, Wes shares key insights from his business experiences that were built on a foundation of ethics. He shows how he learned the way of doing well by doing right, and how he learned to trust his business to the Lord when he was on the brink of total failure. This book is a breath of fresh air when corporate giants are crumbling all around us. Wes is a great model, and this book is a must-read for leaders of all ages."
Bobby Mitchell
Chairman, Fellowship of Companies for Christ International, Franklin Covey
"Cantrell and Lucas remind us that high-performance leadership is ethical, and ethical leadership produces high-performance organizations. This is an outstanding book!"
Adam Hamilton
Senior Pastor, The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
"Business ethics can no longer operate at the margins of organizational life. It must be at the cutting edge of what all organizations care about today. High-Performance Ethics by Cantrell and Lucas vividly illustrates how to achieve enduring success through ethics. Indeed, if we are to achieve corporate excellence, the ten ethical values discussed in this book must become embedded in all aspects of our personal and organizational lives."
Phil Lewis
Dean, College of Professional Studies, Oklahoma Christian University
"Wes Cantrell and James Lucas have written a really good book. It is full of truth and wisdom, liberally seasoned with real-life examples and anecdotes of how to apply the principles it advocates. Scripturally-based and field tested, this book will have a long and valued shelf life, and I expect to use it as a reference point myself."
Dennis Peacocke
President, Strategic Christian Services
"I have found through the years that principles are timeless truths that can be applied to every generation. You will find principles in this book that will not only build your business, but will also build your life. It has been said that you do not have to remember what you said if you tell the truth. This book tells the truth. This truth will change its readers."
Johnny Hunt
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia
"To know Wes Cantrell is to understand what drives his passion to do what is right. High-Performance Ethics presents some great stories that prove biblical principles are highly effective in the workplace, and offers great insight on how we can actually model good behavior. If we're going to talk the talk, we must walk the walk."
S. Truett Cathy
Founder and CEO, Chick-fil-A
"The writers have laid out biblical principles that when they are embraced will bring blessing to your life. Reading this book will challenge you to study and apply those principles everyday, both in your personal life as well as in business."
David Green
CEO, Hobby Lobby Stores

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