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Crash Landing

Surviving a Business Crisis

Richard O. Jacobs –

Crash Landing is about a business failure: specifically the 1986 collapse of Park Bank of Florida, the seventh largest bank failure in the United States at the time. But in a broader sense,Crash Landing is about leading a business during the most perilous of times — during crisis when there is no visible end to trouble and when there is no solution that seems to work. It is about the “right executive stuff” that turns out to be the “wrong executive stuff”; it is about the painful lessons and emotions that emerged from the wreckage of the Park Bank. It is a timely and serious lesson for today.

Crash Landing examines the inside details of what happened at Park Bank, explores the ideas and philosophies found in current business and management practice, and then compares that advice to the author’s personal Park Bank experiences.

 “Jacobs is right. Yesterday’s success stories can become today’s disasters if we gloss over the early crisis warning signs. Crash landing is a must read for every business leader and manager.” Jack Murray, President, The Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation; Corporate Senior Vice President, The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation

“A fascinating piece of work!” Douglas Lee, President, Stetson University

“. . . you don’t read many books like Crash Landing . . . Business failure is devastating not only from a financial perspective, but from a personal one as well. Jacobs’ excellent crisis management manual is about the fight? not the failure-inherent in being aboard a sinking ship; his story may help others stay afloat.” Entrepreneur

RICHARD O. JACOBS is a Partner with the law firm of Trenam Kemker in St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida. He holds a B. B. A. from the University of Wisconsin where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa; and a J. D. from Stetson University, College of Law, where he graduated first in his class, magna cum laude. He has served as chairman of the Florida Bar Tax Section, founder/President of the Jacobs, Robbins, Gaynor Law Firm, and General Counsel & Executive Vice President of Communications Equity Associates, Inc. of Tampa, Florida. Jacobs is Chairman of the Board of Farbine Inc. and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Stetson College of Law. He was a founding director of Park Bank and ultimately served as its president and chairman.


Cloth, 300 pages, 6×9
ISBN 0-944435-12-2
LC 90-84800


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