Jack DeBoer • Founder of four successful hotel brands

 

Success in Business Without Risking Family, Friends and Reputation

Endorsements

“When you are at the head of the rapids, fearful for what the journey through might bring, it is such a comfort to see someone who has already made it past the rough waters, smiling below the falls. This is Jack, sharing a life that reads as one great adventure, listening, learning from both success (and more often) failure, ultimately co-opting common sense while holding fast to the timeless values of honesty and the Golden Rule. I have known Jack and Marilyn for over 20 years. The truths spoken of in this book have been lived out in each of them. If we were only allowed two friends in life, we would be foolish not to claim the DeBoers!”

– Ambassador Robert A. Seiple

Past President of World Vision, CEO Institute for Global Engagement


“True greatness – true significance – is found in giving our lives to serve others, not in acquiring prestige, power, influence, and money. In Risk Only Money, Jack DeBoer shares his own story of making it to the top, only to be taught some hard and humbling lessons when he got there. His story will challenge you to rethink your own definition of success. Are you willing to give of yourself? Your answer will say a lot about your future – and your own significance.”

– Richard Stearns

President of World Vision US and author of The Hole in Our Gospel


Risk Only Money is a book rich in personal experiences. It reads like a novel but is factual in every respect. It is filled with lessons of success and failure and real lessons about honesty and integrity. While there are many references to the entrepreneur, the business observations are equally valid for corporate executives and the non-profit leader. You will be wiser after reading this book.”

– C. Fred Fetterolf

Retired President and Chief Operating Officer, Aluminum Company of America


“Jack’s journey from the struggles, lessons and joys of success to the rewarding place of significance sets a high standard for others to emulate. His story is motivating and a good read.”

– Steve Reinemund

Retired Chairman and CEO PepsiCo; Dean, The Schools of Business Wake Forest University


“Jack DeBoer painfully and candidly portrays his biggest business mistakes. In doing so, he helps the reader to determine if they are a manager or entrepreneur. For those entrepreneurs, he unlocks the golden nugget that long-term successful entrepreneurs don’t work for money, but for a higher purpose, and in doing so they create a spiritual mission for themselves and those they lead.”

– Ed Flaherty

Entrepreneur and former owner of Rapid Oil Change Company (sold to Valvoline Motor Oil) and more than 100 hotels, shopping centers and Applebee’s restaurants; now a leader in the signage and display business


“Jack believes in God’s grace and that ‘taking care of business’ means honoring the Lord and sharing his blessings. In Risk Only Money, Jack offers a roadmap to others seeking fame and fortune. They may be surprised to find he takes them beyond material riches to a place of greater fulfillment. But they will be glad.”

– David Green

CEO and Founder, Hobby Lobby


“Business, like life, requires focused, motivated teamwork. Jack DeBoer would be the first to say that even the MVP couldn’t win the game without full support, strategic risk – and a touch of magic.”

– Pat Williams

Senior VP and Co-Founder of the NBA’S Orlando Magic


“You don’t have to be in the lodging industry to find value in Risk Only Money. Anyone contemplating the road less traveled would be well served by studying Jack DeBoer’s journey. He innovates rather than simply trotting out yesterday’s answers for yesterday’s travelers.”

– Horst Schultze

Chairman and CEO, West Paces Hotel Group


3 Responses to Endorsements

  1. Bill Farha says:

    Risk Only Money is a must-read for anyone who wants to have a successful professional, business and personal life. Jack DeBoer is a man who has lived his professional and business life with much vision and integrity; and, more importantly, he has lived and conducted his personal life with the same vision and integrity. He has learned that the satisfaction from monetary success alone is fleeting and that true success comes from contributing to the success and well-being of others. His contributions to the poor and needy around the world are a great example for all of us. He is definitely a unique individual who has turned his success into significance.

    Bill Farha
    Farha and Son Enterprises
    Real Estate Investments and Developments

  2. Steve Nail says:

    You don’t need my reviewing your book, but wanted to be one of the first to thank you for making the effort to publish.

    Your business career is legendary and I can relate and use much of your experience but the meat was in the last chapter.

    Being from the poorest state in the country, we have taken on affordable housing as our job and ministry.

    You have helped us crystallize and focus in an area that has no “how to” books.

    Thanks again for spending the time on a project that will help millions.

  3. J. RICHARD COE says:

    Wichitan Jack DeBoer has written a significant book, “Risk Only Money.” DeBoer’s authenticity comes through on every page.

    We learn of his battle with ego, his mistakes, his business success, his adventuresome nature, his lifelong friendships and his marriage of almost 60 years. He shares profound, insightful lessons he has learned over his 80 years. We see evidence of his creativity, his thoughtfulness, his discipline and his goodwill toward others.

    DeBoer and his wife, Marilyn, have given much to many — not only in Wichita, but especially to the desperately needy in Myanmar (Burma). Their giving has changed their lives and those of many others.

    The thoughts DeBoer communicates in this exceptional book could help change more lives. He has continued to think throughout his life, and it has paid off.

    Thank you, Jack, for passing on helpful lessons you have learned along the way.

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