Jerry Holl is a dynamic speaker and a relentless optimist who is also the author of the two-time international award winning book, Downhills Don’t Come Free.
Much is written and spoken about leadership. Jerry believes too many people wait for leadership! How about self leadership, and the role of your personal initiative in leadership? How about instead of waiting for leadership - you drive the lead? How about YOU drive the future - your future?
His keynote is all told through his entertaining, informative, very inspirational - and 100% authentic real life stories - successes and failures! "Ordinary people can have extraordinary experiences." Although he considers himself an ordinary person, his own extraordinary experiences demonstrate that most people have so much more to offer than they often give themselves credit for. “You can do so much more than you think you can!" Through his stories and mindset, he informs his audience how to do it.
His mindset is one of possibilities vs problems. His story is about taking personal initiative and calculated risks that he considers as ‘personal R&D’. "How will you ever know your best if you stay the same?” In his quest for explosive growth, he unexpectedly created his own new future. "You actually CAN create your future nstead of waiting for it to just happen! And, don’t expect anyone to create it for you - you’ll be waiting a long time!" Unforeseen and unbelievable opportunities and explosive personal and professional growth have come as a result of his self initiative. "I believe they can come for anyone who dreams big and mindfully proceeds in the face of uncertainty."
Jerry more than challenges his audience - he inspires his audiences to challenge themselves to ‘live alive and live fully’ - and by default, they can’t help but get extraordinary stretch performances out of themselves and their teams - and achieve accelerating growth. "That’s what happened to me - and it happened as a natural outcome of him putting myself to the test and truly giving my best effort! And in the process, you’ll discover you have extraordinary innate capabilities that are building blocks for ever greater endeavors."
Jerry holds an engineering degree, an MBA and has over three decades of sales and leadership experience. He translates the lessons learned from his extraordinary bicycle journey to meaningful business principles. His messages are neither academic or theoretical - they are easy to understand and pragmatic - all derived from his real life experiences and outcomes. Jerry fully understands value creation and he’s very amenable to easy negotiations that result in a win-win for all parties. He resides in Minnesota with his wife and has three grown children.
University of Minnesota - Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Geological Engineering - 1976
University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management - MBA - 1978
IBM - Sales and Marketing / Sales and Sales Leadership positions — 1980 to 1991
Moore Corporation - National Sales Manager — 1991 to 1997
Piper Jaffray - Managing Director, Institutional Equity Sales - 1997 to 2012
Adventurer - 2012
Author / Speaker / Leadership Consultant - 2012 to present
Jerry is a semi annual guest lecturer in the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business and mentors students in the UoM’s College of Science and Engineering
Jerry has also performed some commercial talent and role-play work for major Fortune 500 corporations.
- “Downhills Don’t Come Free” was awarded a 2018 IPPY Bronze Medalist Award - in the Sports / Fitness / Recreation Category - Independent Publishers Award - prestigious International Book Award
- “Downhills Don’t Come Free” was awarded 2017 Finalist: Book Excellence Awards - www.bookexcellenceawards.com - a prestigious international award winning book in the Adventure Category.