Come On, America shares the inspirational life journey of former United States Ambassador Dave Phillips, and offers a new hope for America to pull itself up by the bootstraps in a divided time.

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About The Book

Come On, America traces the extraordinary life of the former United States Ambassador to Estonia, Dave Phillips, who in his childhood faced challenges including a leg amputation, bullies and rheumatic fever. Despite the obstacles he faced then and the new challenges that have arised since, Dave lives his life with hope, optimism and resiliency—and encourages others to do the same.

Sharing a broad spectrum of Dave’s personal, political and business accounts, Come On, America takes readers through his experiences shaping the International Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina; entrepreneurial ventures including successfully selling three companies on the NYSE; state politics as Secretary of Commerce under Governor Jim Hunt; United States ambassadorship working with world leaders; and his harrowing account of the first international cyber-war intiatited by Estonia and Russia.

Both inspirational and educational, Come On, America offers a new hope for America to pull itself up by the bootstraps in a divided time, and provides readers with the qualities and traits needed to be an effective leader and a successful businessperson.


About Dave Phillips

S. Davis (Dave) Phillips was the United States Ambassador to Estonia and the Secretary of Commerce for the state of North Carolina. Despite facing numerous physical challenges early in life, Dave turned those obstacles into opportunities and approaches each day with courage and determination. It is this same attitude that has led him to many places throughout the world and allowed him to work with national and international leaders. He is the recipient of many awards, but his most treasured is the Choate Seal, which was first given to John F. Kennedy. A major investor in shaping the International Furniture Market that brings 80,000 visitors to High Point twice a year, Dave’s business acumen resulted in three of his companies being sold on the NYSE. His attitude led him to make a beneficial difference in the city, state, national, and international sphere. Today, he lives in North Carolina, where he is an admired leader and successful businessman.

Mary Bogest

About the Author, Mary Bogest

Mary Bogest grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa. Mary and her late husband, Stanley, started out working in the motion picture industry in New York. Mary now has a popular newspaper column, “About Town,” that is featured every Sunday in The High Point Enterprise. She has received innumerable awards, honors, and honorary civic memberships for her writing highlighting community needs, events, and eminent and extraordinary individuals. She is also a prominent artist and resides in North Carolina with her two dogs, Juliette and Josie.

Praise for Come On, America


“Dave Phillips's life is an American success story, from disability and ridicule to achievement and acclaim. His journey teaches invaluable lessons to those just starting out and it confirms the truth of freedom's power for us all. He is a good friend; he is also an inspiration. 

Mitt Romney

Republican Presidential Nominee
2012 Governor of Massachusetts 2003–2007


“Dave Phillips served North Carolina as an energetic secretary of commerce who helped me recruit hundreds of thousands of new jobs from all over the world. He’s a fireball." 

James B. Hunt Jr.

Governor of North Carolina 1977–1985, 1993–2001

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“It has been my honor and pleasure to know and work with Dave Phillips and enjoy his friendship. Dave and Kay and their family have been strong leaders of the business, political, and social life of the Triad region and across North Carolina for many years. To truly understand the will to succeed and the ambition to serve his state and community, you must read Come On, America by journalist Mary Bogest. It is within these pages that you will discover and appreciate the spark of determination and inspiration that transformed obstacles into courage and leadership. You will also discover a good and talented writer." 

James G. Martin

Governor of North Carolina 1985–1993


“Come On, America is a unique book full of historical, personal, and inspirational gems from the life of my friend Dave Phillips. Whether you know Dave or not you will be impressed and impacted by his life full of challenges, exciting experiences, and gigantic contributions to our world. His growth mindset has driven him to a constant pursuit of success and happiness, truly an outstanding example for all of us." 

Kelly S. King

Chairman and CEO, BB&T Corporation


“Dave Phillips gets things done—against the odds, despite the obstacles, with faith, humor, smarts, and even a little mischief! The world of Special Olympics is lucky to count him as a leader, a friend, and most of all, a believer in the strength and beauty of the human spirit." 

Tim Shriver

Chairman, Special Olympics


“Mary Bogest has created a beautiful and captivating profile in personal courage, persistence, and commitment to service that is the heart and soul of this North Carolinian son, Ambassador Dave Phillips. Far from whining about the serious physical challenges that hobbled his youth, Dave used these very limitations, and the painful setbacks that accompanied them, to shape a truly remarkable life. Prepare to be inspired by the story of a man who has done well and continues to do enormous good for his family, his friends, his state, and his country." 

Dr. Edward J. Shanahan

Former Headmaster; Choate Rosemary Hall School; Wallingford, Connecticut

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“Mary Bogest shows masterful skill and experience in researching the substantive body of data about the life of Ambassador Phillips— and synthesizing it in ways readers will find interesting, inspiring, and informative. Dave Phillips is no ordinary man. He is an extraordinary catalyst who makes good things happen in business and life, serving his community and representing his country.”

Nido R. Qubein

President, High Point University


"Congratulations to wonderful writer Mary Bogest. Come On, America is a fabulous biography on friend and fellow North Carolinian Dave Phillips (former US Ambassador to Estonia), an inspirational must-read book all about his journey through life and positive outlook."

Libby Langdon

Interior and product designer,
author and makeover television personality

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