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Bill Courtney

The effectiveness of  a leader is best judged by the actions of those he guides

Bill Courtney, founder of Classic American Hardwoods, Inc. has grown to employ 120 people with a 45 acre manufacturing facility and domestic sales offices in Memphis, TN and international sales offices in Shanghai, China and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam boasting in excess of $45 million in annual sales.

Bill Courtney is a nationally recognized and sought-after speaker keynoting at a variety of venues from the Para Olympics in Colorado Springs to Nike, Frito Lay, FedEx, and other nationally recognized companies.

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“Bill Courtney has nothing to prove to anyone as a football coach, as a businessman and as a human being. But if you want proof that his life has been fascinating, Against the Grain gives you all you need. Enjoy the ride.”

— John Feinstein

Author and Columnist
“The old-fashioned values of Coach Courtney come across as revolutionary in the cynical contemporary world. [Against the Grain is] full of detail and anecdotes worthy of a Southern preacher but without the guilt.”

— Ron Shelton

Director of Bull Durham and Tin Cup
“I was inspired, especially by the chapter on perseverance. Everyone faces adversity and if you persevere through the tough times, you become resilient, which leads to success.”

— Pam Shriver

International Tennis Hall of Famer and ESPN broadcaster

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