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Encyclopedia > Jerry Sanders (businessman)
For the Mayor of San Diego, California, see Jerry Sanders (politician).

Walter Jeremiah Sanders III (born September 12, 1936), and best known as "Jerry," was a salesman at Fairchild Semiconductor in the 1960s. He was one of the company's best sales people and was famous for style and flair. He then co-founded Advanced Micro Devices and took his trademark style into his position as its CEO. Gerald R. Jerry Sanders (born c. ... Portal:Currentevents September 12 is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Fairchild Semiconductor introduced the first commercially available integrated circuit (although at almost the same time as one from Texas Instruments), and would go on to become one of the major players in the evolution of Silicon Valley in the 1960s. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... AMD headquarters in Sunnyvale Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ...


Jerry was kind of Hollywood, even though he grew up in the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, raised by his paternal grandparents. He was once attacked and beaten by a street gang that left him so covered with blood that a priest was called in to administer the last rites, but Jerry recovered. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on an academic scholarship from the Pullman railroad car company. He graduated with his bachelor's degree in engineering in 1958, and then went to work for the Douglas Aircraft Company. He eventually moved to Motorola, then to Fairchild Semiconductor. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Anointing of the Sick is one of the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion of Churches, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Oriental Orthodox Churches, and is also administered in some Protestant Churches. ... The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, also known as UIUC and the U of I (the officially preferred abbreviation), is the flagship campus in the University of Illinois system. ... The Pullman Palace Car Company, owned by George Pullman, manufactured railroad train cars in the mid to late 1800s through the early decades of the 20th century, during the boom of railroads in the United States. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Douglas Aircraft Company was founded by Donald Wills Douglas, Sr. ... Motorola (NYSE: MOT) is an American international communications company based in Schaumburg, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. ... Fairchild Semiconductor introduced the first commercially available integrated circuit (although at almost the same time as one from Texas Instruments), and would go on to become one of the major players in the evolution of Silicon Valley in the 1960s. ...


In 1968 Sherman Fairchild brought a new management team into Fairchild Semiconductor, led by C. Lester Hogan, then vice president of Motorola Semiconductor. The troops from Motorola (Hogan's Heroes) were notoriously conservative, and immediately clashed with Sander's boisterous style. In 1969 a group of Fairchild engineers decided to start a new company, which became Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). They asked Jerry to join them, and he said he would, provided he became the president of the company. Although it caused some dissension within the group, they agreed, and AMD was founded with Sanders as President. Motorola (NYSE: MOT) is an American international communications company based in Schaumburg, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. ... A semiconductor is a solid whose electrical conductivity can be controlled over a wide range, either permanently or dynamically. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... AMD headquarters in Sunnyvale Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. ... Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. ...


Sanders remained the company's consummate salesperson, always available to come in on the really tough negotiations and close them. He loved visiting the Los Angeles sales office on Wilshire Blvd near Hollywood and staying at the Beverly Hills Hilton. Sanders always wanted to make money — lots of money — but he realized that the key to earning wealth was for everyone else at AMD to make a lot of money too. While growing wealthy, he also lavished wealth generously on all his employees. At the end of the company's first $1 million quarter, Sanders stood by the door of the company and handed a $100 bill to every employee as they left. Every employee at the company got stock options, a huge innovation at the time. Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1,290. ... For other uses, see: Beverly Hills (disambiguation). ... Hilton is the flagship brand of Hilton Hotels Corporation (but not the luxury brand - see Conrad Hotels) and is based in Beverly Hills, California. ...


Sanders gave the company a strong sales and marketing orientation, so that it was successful even though it was often a little behind its competitors in technology and manufacturing. He shared the success of the company with the employees, usually coincident with sales-oriented growth targets. One time, as a successful sales goal was met, the company held a drawing among all the employees, and an immigrant production worker in Sunnyvale, California won $1000 a month for 20 years ($240 000). Location Location of Sunnyvale within Santa Clara County, California. ...


He drove the company through hard times as well. In 1974, a particularly bad recession almost broke the company, but a brilliant sales deal worked out by Sanders with one of the company's distributors saved the company. Through many difficult recessions he refused to lay off employees, a reaction to the rampant layoffs that had occurred at Fairchild earlier. Instead of cutting employees, he asked them to work Saturdays to get more done and get new products out sooner. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...


In 1982, he was responsible for a licensing deal with Intel that made AMD a second source to IBM for the Intel Microprocessor series, a deal that eventually made the company the only real competitor to Intel. 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... now. ... Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC, SEHK: 4335), founded in 1968 as Integrated Electronics Corporation, is an American multinational corporation that is best known for designing and manufacturing microprocessors and specialized integrated circuits. ... Microprocessors, including an Intel 80486DX2 and an Intel 80386. ...


Sanders created Advanced Micro Devices; his personality was the company's personality — colorful, brash, perhaps a little too "Hollywood" for some. He is one of the architects of Silicon Valley.

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