John believes that with enough humility, we can learn from anyone. He also subscribes to the notion of curiosity, which is exemplified in his various work experiences within strategy, IT, human resources, operations, marketing, and analytics. He spent the majority of the past decade working for Principal Financial Group after completing their highly-selective Leadership Development Program, which is designed to create plug-and-play leaders who can meet the growing and evolving needs of the business environment. As a rotational associate tasked with adding value in a short amount of time, he mastered how to deal with change, learn (and listen) extremely quickly, and challenge the status quo in a strategic and respectful manner.
John has facilitated workshops to promote honest discussions surrounding successes, impediments, and opportunities; hired and led a new quality assurance department to enhance customer service and employee feedback; and coached others on how to handle difficult conversations with peers and superiors. More recently, John's focus has centered upon business intelligence, in order to assist organizations in their journey towards being data-driven and making deeply-informed decisions.
John attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Iowa State University with Summa Cum Laude honors. He is currently pursuing a certification in coaching from the Life Purpose Institute and a Microsoft Certified Associate designation.