The best way to predict your future is to create it.
We are all surrounded by creative people with big ideas, whether you work in a global corporation or an entrepreneurial company, or a college or university or a not-for-profit. The most successful innovators define what's essential, attract great people, make sure they have the resources they need and know how they are accountable, and then get out of the way and let creative people excel. That requires building lots of trust, but that's where we all want to work. That's where the people who work for us want to work. I'd like to help inspire people in your world to accomplish great things they never thought possible through:
My inspiring keynote presentation at your conference customized for your audience.
A practical workshop with event attendees interested in leaving with a framework to excel, or
A leadership retreat with your top executives about nurturing the creative people in your organization.
I have a lifetime of great experience as a serial innovator in corporations, entrepreneurial companies, universities, not-for-profits, and government agencies.
I founded what became one of the country’s largest angel groups investing in entrepreneurial companies. I was Chairman of one of the country’s largest organic grocery store chains. I was the lead investor in an entrepreneurial company and a senior executive of a global corporation which both were leaders in their segments of the electronics industry. I was part of a community discussion that led to the founding of the premier graduate engineering school in its field. I was a founding board member of an arts festival that is now one of the top ten of its type in the country and of a start-up government agency that attracted venture capital investment to a state that had very little. Learn more about my extensive experience through my LinkedIn profile.
John did an excellent job as a Keynote Speaker at the Innovation for Business and Manufacturing Summit .I highly recommend using John for your corporate event or conference.
John understands that innovation isn’t just about brilliant individuals. He knows how bringing together people and organisations gives the resonance that makes innovation work.
Co-Chair, UK Commission on Pharmacy Professional Leadership, Executive Chairman, Ultra Micro Transit Systems Ltd
In working with John I found he has the ability to not only visualize an innovative solution but to execute to commercially launch it into the market.
Founder and CEO of Elevare Systems AI and former Vice President - New Initiatives
Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited
John’s keynote address at our Ingenuity Fair complemented our agenda and set the stage for a successful event. His relevant, real life examples motivated our employees to challenge the status quo and co-create new innovative solutions with our business partners.
Retired Vice President, Marketing & Innovation of Sonoco
John has been a thought-leader in innovation, entrepreneurship, and knowledge-base economies long before most of us even thought about these concepts. He continues to develop and advocate for creative ideas in these areas for industry, academia, and the public sector.
Dr. Chris Przirembel
Clemson University Vice President Emeritus for Research and Economic Development
John is a great educator and communicator who knows both theory and practical details of turning an idea into a high tech start-up. He was essential in starting Hoowaki. He knows how to nurture innovation in organizations of all sizes.
CEO of Hoowaki and former VP of External Research for Michelin
John presented to the GEO-ENERGY-CYBER Huntsville Summit about problems and traps that innovators and entrepreneurs face. He spoke from experience, provided excellent insights and advice, and engaged everyone with interesting and relevant stories.
Dr. Caron St. John
Professor Emerita and former Dean, University of Alabama in Huntsville
John has deep knowledge of entrepreneurship and innovation. His on-the-ground practical advice has been invaluable to me in founding my company multiple times. I am a big fan of John.
Founder and Managing Partner, Blue Eye Soft
John understands building innovation ecosystems from years of deep experience. With thoughtful reflections and personal insights, John allows listeners to think, laugh and take away key concepts for innovation.
Dr. Kristie Byrum, APR,
Associate Professor, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
I have known John for over three decades and have heard him speak on many occasions regarding innovation. John is inspiring, energizing, and entertaining with the ability to get his listeners to think about tomorrow and beyond.
Founder and CEO of Marketplace Staffing
I’ve known and worked with John for 20 years. He’s one of the most knowledgeable and visionary thinkers in innovation-driven economic development there is.
Dr. John Ballato
Clemson University Professor, JE Sirrine Endowed Research Chair, and former VP for Research and Economic Development
My Radio Updates
I've provided weekly innovation updates on South Carolina Public Radio for twenty years. My recent four-part series included being: