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Defending the Dream
Why Economic Freedom is Key to America’s Revival
A roadmap forward by
Entrepreneur/Author/Adventurer Barry Farah
New Date: Thursday April 18, 2013
Time: 6-9 PM
Where: South Metro Chamber of Commerce
2154 East Commons Ave. Suite 342, Centennial CO 80122
Park on east side of Sears - Walk into mall off of E.Davies & S. York
Chamber is just inside the courtyard look for "I Am AFP" signs.
Maybe it takes someone who has lived the American Dream, from modest beginnings to well-earned success, to accurately diagnose why that dream is at-risk in modern America and what we can do to defend it from numerous threats. In “Defending the Dream,” self-made success story Barry Farah explains not only why the American dream is endangered, but what we can do as Americans to make sure it is something future generations can aspire-to and achieve.
The answer isn’t in more government, or more central planning and control, says Farah, but in rediscovering the values of economic freedom and self-reliance that are deeply rooted in the American experience and are responsible for the remarkable prosperity, opportunity and liberty Americans have long enjoyed.
Those values may seem under siege at the moment, and maybe even in decline, as government at all levels grasps for even more power over our lives and our economy. These can seem like dark days for those who place a higher value on personal freedom than on state dominance and control. But there’s reason for optimism, Farah argues, if more Americans will only see that the key to preserving political freedom is protecting economic freedom, since the two walk hand-in-hand.
The greatest disconnect in America isn’t between right and left, Democrat or Republican, according to Farah – but between those who are willing to fight for economic freedom, thanks to a deeper understanding of the many blessings it brings, and those who fundamentally distrust freedom and prefer the security blanket of big government.
Economic literacy is just as important as civic literacy or cultural literacy, according to Farah, who in this inspiring presentation makes the irrefutable case for why economic freedom is better for America than state control, while laying out a roadmap forward for those determined to fight for their freedoms and keep the American Dream burning bright for our kids and grandkids.
Barry Farah is living proof the American Dream is real. Come hear him explain how we can ensure that it remains a possibility for all Americans, simply by defending the key principles that help keep the dream alive.
Barry grew-up in a home that was modest in means, but rich in love and opportunity, in the 60s and 70s. In those days kids could roam freely. At eight, he ventured miles from home to sell flashlights door-to-door. He started delivering newspapers at the age of 10, using his earnings to buy bicycles and go-carts. He sold vacuum cleaners, vinyl siding and steel buildings in order to earn enough money to become a private pilot, which he did at age 16! At 17, just out of High School, he used proceeds from a landscaping company to load-up a truck and move to southwestern Colorado, where he hand-built a log cabin, complete with a gravity-fed running water system and an underground sewer.
Those were days when America celebrated opportunity and regulations were less intrusive. And that was only the start of Barry’s American success story.
After obtaining his undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Barry sold computers for IBM. Following his MBA in Finance from Ohio State, he was the controller for the Ford Taurus and Lincoln Continental Car programs. Those were exemplary companies, but Barry had a vision to serve entrepreneurs. He launched his first business-to-business service in 1991. It has grown into a suite of affiliated business services companies–GAAP Solutions, The Personnel Department and The Payroll Solution–together providing payroll, human resource consulting, bookkeeping, accounting and tax services to name plate clients nation-wide, with revenues over the last two decades of over $1b. Today he continues to run TPD, Inc. in the capacity of Chairman.
In 1997 he had founded Master Solutions, a software engineering company that continues to serve Fortune 1000 companies and monitors radar and satellite systems for the Department of Defense. He sold this company 12 years later to SGT, a NASA contractor for 50 times the initial investment.
Barry has encountered all the normal difficulties and obstacles that entrepreneurs face – government regulations, challenging customers, and ruthless competitors – yet from a modest childhood home, he built his businesses. And, he built buildings. Barry completed a Class-A smart building in 2000, which houses his headquarters. Among other commercial developments, he is the builder, owner and manager of 92 buildings called Bakken Residence Suites, an extended stay 133-room lodge in Watford City, ND and he is nearing the completion of a 130-room Hyatt House extended stay in Minot, ND.
Barry guides his business ventures around the vision articulated in his book Customer Success (Baron Books, 1998). Hehas participated as founder, chairman and board member of numerous non-profits through the years, including one of the largest charter schools in Colorado and an international engineering ministry. Barry and his wife, Tamra, of 29 years have two adult children and have resided in Colorado Springs, Colorado since 1994.