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Lonnie Ray Phillips is a best selling author, press release specialist, radio host for Business Innovators Radio Network, independent publisher of non-fiction books and a contributing journalist for several online magazines including Small Business Trendsetters and Business Innovators Magazine covering business, finance, fitness, health, Internet, legal, marketing, medical, real estate, sales, society and technology.

He discovered his love of entrepreneurship and marketing after being paid from a neighbor for mowing her yard and her recommending him to another neighbor. Phillips says, "I was blown away by someone actually paying me for mowing their yard and then recommending me to another neighbor. I found out first hand how powerful word of mouth testimonials are." He went on to acquire more yards in the neighborhood by word of mouth and always felt a sense of pride when they were happy with the results.

Phillips approached his father, who also had a entrepreneurial spirit, with the idea of starting a business. His father told him he needed to keep his job with a stable income and insurance benefits to cover his mothers mounting medical bills. His father however encouraged Phillips to pick up as many yards around the neighborhood as possible but more importantly always do a great job and maby one day he could open his own business.

Phillips mother had juvenile diabetes and rheumatic fever as a child which weakened her heart. In 1954, while 6 months pregnant with Phillips, she underwent open heart surgery by World-renowned heart surgeon and medical pioneer Dr. Denton A. Cooley, because they told her she may not survive childbirth.

At the young age of 8 he was taught how to prepare the syringes and give his mother insulin shots which would come in handy when Phillips became a Paramedic. Phillips said, "it was back in the day when you had to boil the sringes and needles."

At the age of 15, Phillips snuck into the emergency room and witnessed doctors and nurses tirelessly perform CPR and literally work their rear-end off trying to save his mothers life but was unsuccessful. That was an eye opening experience for him because he saw first hand that they were trying to help his mother and he decided he wanted to help as many people as possible.

In 1974 he joined the Houston Fire Department as a firefighter and by 1978 he started training to also become a Paramedic. Phillips said, "I knew by becoming a Paramedic I would have the opportunity to help more people and hopefully I could help save a child's parent so they would not have to go through the heartache that I endured."

He never gave up his entrepreneurial drive and started numerous businesses to supplement his small Fire Department income. In 1987 he was injured at a fire and was told "if he did not have his knees replaced he may never walk again. In 1988, at the young age of 34, he was told he would never be able to work as a firefighter again.

In 1991 he started working for the Texas Attorney General but that burning entrepreneurial drive was still present. In 1993 Phillips started a Private Investigation Company, specializing in child custody cases and surveillance. He was also married that year to Susan, who was a graduate from Penn State with a degree in geology and a minor in computer sciences. She encouraged him to build a web site for the company.

While Phillips was at the court house looking for information he would spend as much time as possible writing down extra information and taking it back home. Susan would then enter it in a database, she designed, with the idea that they could sale the information to attorneys, private investigators and insurance adjusters through the web site. The Internet was still in its infancy and courthouses kept their information on hand written case files and microfiche machines not computers and databases. In fact, very few businesses had computers and received their information from the phone or in person visits.

Despite his lack of computer training he struggled with HTML code and eventually made a crude company web site. When he would talk to attorneys and other professionals about his company Web site they would laugh and tell him he would never be able to sale information on the Internet especially online from a web site as long as there was a telephone handy. Phillips said, "Now I know how Henry Ford must have felt when he was told the automobile would never replace the horse."

Phillips never took kindly to being told he couldn't do something and went on to start a successful online information brokering company specializing in selling information online including background information for businesses.

Also in 1993 Susan helped him write a book, which he self published, titled "Secrets of Texas Public Information". This was a self help book for anyone needing information from any of the 254 county courthouses in Texas. Borders bookstores told him if he would give talks or mini-classes they would carry it in their stores. The book was a success but within a little over a year it became obsolete when desk top computers became mainstream.

Over the last 30+ years, Phillips has started several companies which include writing, marketing, web design and web hosting. Phillips loves marketing small businesses and their owners.

Presently he is a best selling author, press release specialist, radio host for Business Innovators Radio Network, independent publisher of non-fiction books and a contributing journalist for several online magazines including Small Business Trendsetters and Business Innovators Magazine covering business, finance, fitness, health, Internet, legal, marketing, medical, real estate, sales, society and technology.



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