Some call me 'Cowboy Bill,' but my name is William A. Cummins, CEO of CAI Publishing and an award-winning author from Port Orange, Florida. I help authors publish their work and entertain with my own collection of books.
I grew up with four brothers on a farm in Ohio during the great depression and became a singing-cowboy star on radio and stage before the age of 18.
I managed a riding ranch at 15 and taught a golden stallion to perform on stage and talk to the audience. We headlined across the Midwest as "Smilin' Bill and his Wonder Horse King."
After high school I lived the life of a cowboy and traveled 300 miles by horseback from my home in Ohio to Chicago, Illinois.
Later I gave up ‘showbiz’ for a factory job, married, and settled down to raise a family. I studied mechanical engineering courses on the side for nine years while working full time.
In 1960 I became a professional engineer in Ohio. During my career I registered in six states, became a principal of several national and international consulting firms, and was honored by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers as a Diplomate.
Although I grew up outside the church, experiencing God’s presence at age 20 led me into an active spiritual life. Years later, I attended the United Methodist Church seminary and entered their lay speaking ministries of preaching, teaching, and training leaders.
After 44 wonderful years of marriage my wife, Phyllis, died suddenly of heart arrhythmia in 1998. I remarried a year later to my lovely wife Ann. We have a family of five children, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
After founding CAI Publishing I wrote three highly acclaimed books containing: 1. Personal love stories and biblical marriage secrets never before revealed 2. Foxhole stories written by Korean War Veterans (Award-winning book) 3. My early years as a cowboy star who lived most every little boys dream
As Cowboy Bill, I bring the humor of ‘Will Rogers’ to the stage. The fun-filled show is called, “Trick-Roping and Political Horse Sense from a Feed Bucket Philosopher.” My cowboy yarns, trick-roping, and hi-tech stories reveal secrets of everyday life your elders never told you.