Not Far From The Tree

How does a child raised by a single-parent African American Mother go on to graduate in the “Top 10%” of his college class, play college basketball, become President of his IBM sales training class, close sales of $1/2 million, $1 million, and $25 million in Paris, Brussels, and Hong Kong and self-publish a “Best Seller” book? Eric Otis Simmons went on to accomplish all of the above and more! More

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About Eric Otis Simmons

Eric Otis Simmons

Eric Otis Simmons, a Business graduate of Auburn University and former DI college athlete (basketball), spent over three decades in Sales/Sales Management with Fortune 500 employers IBM, AT&T, GE, MCI, and W.W. Grainger. During his international business travels, he closed sales of $500,000 (Paris), $1 million (Brussels), and $25 million (Hong Kong). He is CEO/Founder of ESE, Inc., a Website Development firm that builds websites for High School Student-Athletes, to help them “Get Noticed” by College Coaches, Authors, Poets and other individuals seeking to promote their Personal Brand. His self-published Memoir, “Not Far From The Tree” was his first book. In it, he takes the reader through his life’s journey and shares his newfound realization that his Mother, a single Black parent, instilled “seeds of knowledge” in him to serve as a foundation for personal growth and achievement. These invaluable “seeds” proved to be the cornerstone of his subsequent academic, athletic, and business success. In 2018, out of over 8,000,000 books sold worldwide on, “Not Far From The Tree” ranked in the “Top 1%” in sales 37 times and was in the “Top 10%” 146 times (source: Nielsen Bookscan data). Simmons second self-published book, "#HTSP - How to Self-Publish" which was released in October 2018, takes the reader through the steps and strategies Simmons used to successfully publish and market his Memoir. He and his wife Cynthia have been married 39 years, and are the proud parents of three adult children.

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