This book chronicles the story of an orphan raised by a wise, loving and caring lady called Elisabeth, who recognized his talent and developed in him the essential qaulities of discipline and character that turned virtue into accomplishment. Even though she could not read or write, readers will find Elisabeth a uniquely wise woman whose guidance and influences created the foundations that helped the author overcome challenges and adversity in life and live up to changes as they happened. Right up to the last page this volume shows that change and opportunity can be dealt with wisely. In a touching, inspirational memoir, Psarouthakis looks back at his unforgettable journey and pays tribute to this extraordinary woman— his Aunt Elizabeth. “Elisabeth’s Gift” Reader Reviews
"First, (the) book is extraordinary. I got it primarily to learn about a time in Crete that I have only heard in broad generalities. You do that very well and I can now better understand and visualize what actually happened at that time. I had no idea what you personally went through. Your descriptions make the moment come alive and they are emotional for the reader. It is an exceptional experience."
Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Carter Administration
President, Manatos and Manatos, Washington D.C.
“Elisabeth’s Gift is a book that one does not leaf through it easily. Every page requires your attention. It wants to talk to you, to narrate an entire life”
--Archbishop (late) of North and South American Iakovos
“This book tells the story of his (John Psarouthakis) early life. It is the chronicle of an orphan raised by a wise and loving Aunt Elisabeth who recognized his great ability-and developed in him the qualities of disciple and character that turned nobility into accomplishment”.
--Professor Paul E. Gray
President and Chairman (ret), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Dr. John Psarouthakis Dr. John Psarouthakis is the founder and former chairman / CEO of JP Industries, Inc. The company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange, became a Fortune 500 industrial company, and was merged with T&N, plc, He is also the founder and former chairman of JPE, Inc. which traded on the NASDAQ exchange until it was sold to a privately owned company. Dr. John has led the acquisition and subsequent management of over 50 businesses in the USA and Europe, including two joint ventures, one in Japan and one in Italy. Currently, Dr. John, Coaches CEO’s and high level executives on Corporate Strategy, Growth Business Models, and Acquisitions. Dr. John taught at the Ross School of Business of the University of Michigan, focusing on corporate strategy and acquisitions. He was Sr. Lecturer at MIT on “Business Leadership”. He has received many awards, including twice being named Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine.; Received the Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Association of Deans of Schools of Business, USA; Received the Corporate Leadership award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Lorraine M. Ulahner Lorraine M. Uhlaner is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the International MBA Program at Nyenrode Business Universiteit. Prior to coming to Nyenrode, Dr. Uhlaner was the founding Director of the European Family Business Institute at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) in the Netherlands. Before coming to the Netherlands, she was founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and a Professor in Management at Eastern Michigan University.