Kirby's Way: How Kirby and Caroline Risk Built their Company on Kitchen-Table Values

Kirby's Way: How Kirby and Caroline Risk Built their Company on Kitchen-Table Values (ePub)

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 Kirby's Way: How Kirby and Caroline Risk Built their Company on Kitchen-Table Values
ePub
Purdue University Press
07/01/2012
260pp
English
5.50" x 8.50"
1612492207
9781612492209
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Book Description

The late J. Kirby Risk II called himself “a small-town businessman from the banks of the Wabash.” He was much more. The fastidious, dapper man from Lafayette, Indiana, exuded philanthropy and free enterprise. Like a sheepdog, he tended the flock, rounded up strays, darted to key places to close up stragglers, and nudged everyone toward a common goal. Sometimes his stubborn persistence caused clashes. His demanding behavior was for good, no matter what others thought. That was Kirby’s way.

 

Kirby’s integrity was the basis for his two occupations. His first career was compassion, and his second career was the building of the battery company he cofounded in 1926 with $500 borrowed from his father. Today, Kirby Risk Corporation is a multimillion-dollar electrical products and services industry headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana, and led by Kirby’s son, Jim.

 

Kirby’s Way captures the essence of this imitable gentleman, who with his wife of fifty-five years, Caroline, raised four children, gave time, money, and meals to strangers, refugees, Purdue University students, and their beloved community, while building from their kitchen table a successful Midwest corporation. He believed in “sacrificial service.” Kirby noticed people. He recognized their importance. In turn, they loved him and wanted to help him. He dwelled on his favorite song, “Mankind is My Business.” Relationships shaped his success. Kirby was quiet about his deeds. He lived the Bible passage, Matthew 6:3—“But when you do a kindness to someone, do it secretly—do not tell your left hand what your right hand is doing.”

 

Kirby Risk may not have wanted this book. Yet he would have esteemed it as a parable, a spiritual truth that compels readers to discover certainties for themselves. From heaven, he tends the flock and rounds up strays, so more people might live Kirby’s Way.

About the Author(s):

Angie Klink is an independent scholar, historian, essayist, copywriter, scriptwriter, and author of nine books. Klink authored The Deans’ Bible: Five Purdue Women and Their Quest for Equality; Kirby’s Way; Divided Paths, Common Ground; and the children’s books Purdue Pete Finds His Hammer and I Found U. Klink has received sixty-one American Advertising Federation ADDY Awards, including a lifetime achievement honor. She is a five-time attendee of the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop at the University of Dayton and received an honorable mention in the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. She has appeared on Hoosier History Live, C-SPAN’s Book TV, and Voice of America’s “Current Time in America.” She resides in Lafayette, Indiana. Learn more at www.angieklink.com.