Who Am I? My Story and Philosophies
About the Book
This autobiography offers a compelling insight into the struggles and achievements experienced by this farm boy in postwar Germany. He leaves home at fifteen to seek his fortune in the unknown future. We experience his exhilarating arrival in New York City as a young teenager on his own. We follow his years at sea and share in his becoming an illegal alien hiding out in plain sight in Brooklyn, New York.
The story follows an incredible career in the corporate world, where he amassed an impressive knowledge of the credit card business as it develops to a multibillion-dollar industry that left an indelible impact on society.
Rolf’s contributions to the American Express credit card expansion is reflected in the impressive promotional opportunities achieved. The book summarizes his career and highlights his passion to fight fraud on credit cards and provides an interesting insight into this field of work. Following a corporate career at AMEX, the author becomes a realtor and opens his own office. His views on real estate following the 9/11 era makes for an interesting commentary on our time.
Finally, we explore the philosophical views this author has developed during his journey. His ideas on who we are or have become is reflected in the book’s title—Who Am I?
About the Author
This author, Rolf Harms, is a unique, perhaps somewhat eccentric, individual. He suggests that we are the product of accumulated experiences in our lifetime, and therefore, we are different. Born in Germany during World War II, he dreamed about exploring the world, and at fifteen, he became a seafaring youngster traveling the oceans of the world in pursuit of that dream.
At nineteen, he jumped ship in the United States and became an illegal alien. This was an exciting time, yet he realized that his future as an illegal alien would not be secure.
His career at the American Express company became a major part of his life and future. He was recognized for his abilities and advanced, over time, to a VP level. His expertise in risk management and fraud prevention allowed him to give seminars to foreign government agencies, including the renowned KGB in the Soviet Union and others.
After twenty-seven years at AMEX and his return from overseas assignments, he opened his own real estate company. His lifelong quest for achievement once again took on a new direction.
It is the author’s philosophy and belief that we are destined to contribute to society. In his own humble way, he feels that his autobiography and philosophical views support that goal.