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“It reminds us that everyone, no matter how humble their position, makes a difference in all those we encounter.”–JP

The Richest Man in Town (with Video)

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Sometimes we find inspiration in unexpected places…

Author V.J. Smith dreamed of writing a book about one of our great leaders that changed the course of history and he filled his library with biographies of presidents and statesmen. He was looking to find the key to what made their lives great. He ended up finding the man that would answer his questions, and inspire his book, in a Wal-Mart store in South Dakota. Marty…

Marty was a simple man who ran a cash register. He worked hard, and was good to people. It all seemed too simple. Did Marty really have the key to a great life?

The Richest Man in Town is a true story that captures the important things in life, in a very unforgettable way. It is beautifully written and will make you laugh, make you cry, but most importantly, will make you reflect on what life is truly about. It’s a true story that will grab your heart and not let go!

A word from the author, VJ Smith:

It is hard to describe what has happened since (I wrote The Richest Man in Town). I’ve received thousands of letters, cards and e-mails from people of all ages throughout the globe. As much as I appreciate each one of them, it is the notes from children that take my breath away.

A 12-year old girl wrote, “He (Marty) makes me want to be a better person.” Another shared, “It (the book) has impacted my life because it has shown me that I have a lot of things and I don’t appreciate them as much as I should.” Writing from a town in Kansas, another young girl penned, “I couldn’t believe there was actually a person like him in the world. I thought they only existed in fairytales. I need to be more like him.”

This book is a mainstay of customer service training all over the world, yet it is equally a story for anyone to enjoy and reflect on what’s important in life. All we can say is that we’re honored to have it as a part of the Simple Truths “family” of inspirational gift books.

This version of The Richest Man in Town includes a short inspirational movie in a DVD format with the purchase of the book.

  • Details:
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Trim Size: 6.5" x 6.5"
  • Page Count: 96
  • Video Run Time: 2 mins 56 secs

About Author

V.J. SMITH grew up in the small town of Eureka, SD. He graduated from South Dakota State University and considers himself fortunate to have served as Executive Director of the SDSU Alumni Association.

A professional speaker for more than a decade, Smith gives presentations to businesses, organizations and schools throughout the United States. As for his speaking ability, he credits that with growing up with three brothers and four sisters. “You had to learn to talk loud and fast or you didn’t get much to eat,” he muses. Smith peppers his talks with anecdotes as he feels that storytelling is the best way for him to connect with his audiences.

He currently resides in Brookings, SD. Visit his website at: You can contact V. J. via e-mail:

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