Lessons on life, love and business told with unpolished honesty, humor and a few choice words.
After more than five decades of diligent hustling, relentless persevering and taking a few uncalculated risks, Jerry Hodge had it all. His pharmacy business had grown from a single storefront in Amarillo, Texas to a national brand worth nearly three hundred million dollars. He’d been the city commissioner and mayor for a town he loved dearly. He had a great reputation, even after being embarrassed by Oprah Winfrey on national television. After two unsuccessful marriages, he’d found Margaret, the one true love of his life. And he owned enough Panhandle ranch land to ride his horse from sun-up ‘til sun-down without seeing another soul. Life was good. But when a damning diagnosis left Jerry counting his days and saying his pre-emptive goodbyes, he began evaluating his life through a whole new lens. This book offers a look back at the lessons Jerry learned in life and business – the choices he made, the people who taught him about the meaning of integrity, his proudest achievements and the regrets that will never leave him.
He purchased a local pharmacy in Amarillo in 1966 and turned it into a multi-million dollar national business by the time he sold it in 2014. He also served as Amarillo mayor and a board member of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
After selling his company, Jerry and his wife Margaret have been dedicated to philanthropic efforts to help Amarillo and the state of Texas. He was named 2018 Man of the Year by the Amarillo Globe-News.
Jerry’s favorite days are still spent riding horseback through his ranch lands in the Texas Panhandle and New Mexico.
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