Harvey Mackay Biography

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Harvey Mackay is the best selling author of Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive and Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt. This Harvey Mackay biography also sites Mackay syndicated column appears in 52 US newspapers at the time of this writing. Mackay’s books have sold over 10 million copies in 80 countries.

Harvey Mackay was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1932. His parents were Jack and Myrtle Mackay. Jack was a AP correspondent for 35 years and Myrtle was a school teacher. In 1950, Mackay graduated Central High School in Saint Paul and went on to attend the University of Minnesota and later completed the executive program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. While attending college, Mr. Mackay worked in a men’s clothing store as a salesman.

In 1959 at the age of 26, Harvey Mackay purchased a small, failing envelope company. The Mackay Mitchell Envelope now employees over 600 men and woman and has sales exceeding $100 million. The company is one of the nation's major envelope manufacturers, producing 25 million envelopes a day.

While working in the company and as chairman, Mackay developed a winning business philosophy that is not only engrained in the company but also into anyone that reads one of his books or hears one of his speeches. His famous motto is to “Do what you love, love what you do and deliver more than you promise.”

In addition to his many speaking engagements and weekly columns, Mackay finds time for running and tennis. He is an avid marathoner, and was ranked as a #1 tennis player in Minnesota. He's an avid golfer and recently won the Super Senior Men's Championship at his home club in Scottsdale.

Mackay has been married to his wife Carol Ann for over 45 years.

Show up on time, with a plan, a commitment to carry it out, and then execute it.
--Harvey Mackay