WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber and the American business community join with the nation in mourning the passing of Ross Perot — a man of historic proportion, a leader with great courage, and an innovator who always challenged conventional wisdom. U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue today issued the following statement:
"Over nearly five decades, hundreds of thousands of Americans have supported themselves and their families by going to work at a company founded by Ross Perot. Countless others have done the same at businesses launched with the help of or inspired by the one-time salesman turned entrepreneur. He was a vigorous supporter of his employees and a philanthropist with clear objectives and a warm heart.
America was built by men and women who had the vision to create great things and the tenacity to turn their visions into reality—individuals like Ross Perot. Perot exemplified the entrepreneurial spirit that continues to fuel the greatest economy in the history of the world.
Perot also personified the idea of the civically engaged businessman and was perhaps America’s most significant supporter of the U.S. military. In countless ways, he pushed to strengthen the country he loved.
Perot was a friend and an inspiration to me personally and to the entire American business community. The U.S. Chamber is saddened by his passing, and we join countless others in celebrating his legacy, which will serve as an inspiration to future entrepreneurs and business leaders."
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