Professional Focus

John’s professional focus as an international speaker began with the writing and release of his parents’ poignant book, Overwhelming Odds. Because of this book, John felt compelled to embrace his past, rise above his fears and share his message with others.

He began speaking in 2005 to a total of eight organizations. Since then, he partnered with over 1,000+ groups, in 46 states and nine countries. The tremendous growth is the result of his commitment to his clients and to truly partnering with them to make each meeting, conference and retreat a life-changing experience for their associates.

John also brings his experience, wisdom and expertise to his roles as chaplain at a children’s hospital and as an ambassador for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

  • 2011, John was honored to receive the “Members Choice” Speaker Award from Vistage International. Selecting from thousands of speaker resources internationally, this award is presented to the highest rated speaker.
  • 2009, John was named one of the Top Ten “Most Interesting” People in St. Louis.
  • 2007 recipient of the St. Louis University Distinguished Young Alumni Award.
  • 2006 Energizer “Keep Going” Hall of Fame inductee. (He shares this award with baseball great, Cal Ripken, Jr.)

His greatest success in life is his marriage with Beth and their four children, Jack, Patrick, Henry and Grace.

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