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My name is Erik Wesner. Since 2004, I have visited 20 Amish communities in five states, and have met roughly 5,000 Amish families in total.

As the 2008 Snowden Fellow at the Young Center at Elizabethtown College, I delivered a lecture entitled “Is Success a Four-Letter Word? The Amish Approach to Business Achievement”.

I have contributed to Amish-themed articles featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other print media. I have also served as a consultant for numerous authors of Amish fiction and non-fiction.

My book Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive will be published by John Wiley and Sons under the Jossey-Bass imprint on March 29, 2010.

Success Made Simple is based on my 60 interviews with Amish business owners as well as experiences living and working in Amish communities from Pennsylvania to Iowa. Read more here.

I am also finishing a general-information book on the Amish, Who are the Amish?, to be published in Poland in 2009.

In my previous nine-year career with a Nashville publisher and bookseller, I worked in management and set an international record as a salesperson.

If not in Amish America, you can likely find me in Krakow, Poland, where I teach, translate, and train for marathons.

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