John grew up in Winnipeg, Canada where his lifetime involvement with amateur sports as a participant, coach, and administrator helped provide an important focus in his life. His success on the baseball diamond led to his induction into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.
John achieved considerable success in business. He started a sporting goods business in the garage of his home selling high-quality baseballs and pitching machines. The company prospered and evolved into Home Run Sports. Through Home Run Sports, John was responsible for bringing unique products to the Canadian market.
In 1994, John became the original General Manager of the Winnipeg Goldeyes Professional Baseball Club. During his tenure with the Goldeyes, the team made the play-offs all eight years, set numerous attendance records, and John was twice named Northern League General Manager of the Year. During a time when professional baseball teams were disappearing from the Canadian landscape, the Winnipeg Goldeyes franchise was the exception. John’s passion for the job was obvious to everyone who met him and his hands-on approach won him the respect of his colleagues and the Goldeyes’ many supporters.
John took a position as the General Manager of the Sioux Falls Canaries Baseball Club in South Dakota in 2004. That powerful learning experience gave him a broader perspective and a unique understanding of business on both sides of the border.
John has published three books. Jackrabbits in the Outfield is an enjoyable read which is filled with amusing anecdotes from his time managing in professional baseball. The book received international acclaim when it won an Independent Book Publishing Award in New York City.
John is a past president of the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS). His warm and engaging keynote speeches and valued half-day seminars have inspired audiences as he takes them on a fun and motivating journey to become better “Contact Hitters!”
He is a gifted communicator who shares his positive message that can assist any organization to be more productive. John works with people and companies who want to improve their connections.
His seminars align with his recent book, "Making Contact: How To Connect With People." By being better at connecting with people, an organization will have more success and will be better suited to meet its goals.
John provides engaging keynote speeches, half-day seminars, or one-on-one coaching. You simply need to read the references provided on this site to see that John is effective and committed to making his services work for you. Let John help you become a better contact hitter – someone who makes meaningful connections with people.
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"I’m not sure of the last time I laughed and learned so much in one evening!"
“John came into our meetings well prepared. He took the time to find out what our sales team was like before he spoke with us and delivered a hard hitting and pertinent program, sharing some very interesting and entertaining stories that related closely to the message he delivered.”
-A. Price, Director of Sales, Barkman Concrete Ltd.
“John was an excellent speaker and delivered a message that was a “hit” with our group. John has great stories and experiences to share with his audience and does so in an engaging and humourous manner.”
– Dirk Drieberg, Baseball Ontario
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