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Phillip grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, graduating with High Honors from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree.  He was a United States Air Force R.O.T.C. graduate and completing that commitment joined the business world, initially with a position with the Ford Motor Company. He entered his current profession of investments as a broker in 1975 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He has spent years in emerging company investments with the fun and challenges they entail. He is blessed with clients throughout the country; his focus is on Minnesota based projects.

Musician, non-athlete athlete, father, husband, investor, trail runner, writer, reader, snowshoe enthusiast and movie buff whose tastes range from David Lynch to Stanley Kubrick, meet Phillip Gary Smith.

“A big fear is being stuck without something to Read.”

“Creativity is one of Life’s greatest elixirs”

phillULTRA SUPERIOR is a true story set in the rugged trails of the Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota, USA. As the royalties of this book are donated to the organization charged with maintaining and building the Superior Hiking Trails, S.H.T.A., buying your copy(s) directly supports this historic endeavor.

Superior National Forest is bordered on its Eastern side by Lake Superior, the largest of the inland fresh water oceans on the globe. The combination of these two natural wonders creates a unique vision that was first immortalized in the 1855 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Song of Hiawatha.” Hiking and running the trails expertly laid out by the Superior Hiking Trail Association puts one right in the midst of the lyrics he penned: “Dark behind it rose the forest,/ Rose the black and gloomy pine-trees,/ Rose the firs with cones upon them,/ Bright before it beat the water/, Beat the clear and sunny water,/ Beat the shining Big-Sea-Water.”

Edina Magazine - Cover StoryThe story of ULTRA SUPERIOR developed as a true tale of preparation and competition in the Superior Ultra Trail Runs for a solitary but determined runner, runner #528; A mystic chain of events, though, overwhelms #528 and yields realizations and discoveries that will last the ages. These lessons are available for discovery by all who read ULTRA SUPERIOR along with one’s own realizations when enjoying The Superior National Forest and Lake Superior, compelling a vista venture into their mystic magnetism.

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