John is a leading expert on cultural change management solutions for students in secondary education. The reach and results his programs are having are unparalleled. He is the Founder and President of Life that Counts, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which has garnered more than $1,250,000 in funding for Positive Youth Development Solutions. He is the author of Rules4Success and has developed the B.E.L.I.E.V.E. curriculum, a peer-based mentoring journey which is designed for students in grades six through twelve.
Having given over 1,000 talks, he is a platform communicator who delivers between 100-150 talks per school year for audiences of students and educational professionals. He speaks, trains, and consults on overcoming adversity, youth culture, effective leadership, positive youth cultural development, and best practices for teams comprised of millennials, boomers, and Gen-X’ers. He is a certified provider for Peer Mentoring by Friends First as a part of a grant-funded initiative provided through the Office for Justice and Juvenile Delinquency Prevention. John is a professional member of the National Speakers Association, a guest columnist for YouthMinistry.com, and a content provider for the Leadercast NOW library. He has been accredited by one principal for changing the culture of a high school.
In addition to schools across America, John has consulted, trained, or spoken for the Alabama Department of Education, The University of Alabama, The Alabama Revenue Commissioners Association, RUSKEN Corporation, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes of America, Mission Discovery, and a host of others. He is a graduate of Birmingham Southern with work on Youth Culture and holds undergraduate degrees in Theology and Communications and has Master level training in Business Administration. Having grown up in an environment of poverty, violence, and substance abuse, and never having met his father, John contends that there is hope for the individual and the organization that is willing to invest the time and energy to create remarkable outcomes. He believes that our future work must address the need in creating global leaders, in all sectors of human exchange, who are competent in IQ (Intellectual Quotient), EQ (Emotional Quotient), and CQ (Cultural Quotient).
John’s dream in life, early on, was for his wife to know, be loved by, cared for, protected, and supported by her husband. The same for his children. As Alexis’ husband of 15 years and dad to two boys, Jayden and Joshua, John is getting to live his dream.