Inc. Magazine awarded the first business he started at 26, as an Inc. 500 winner and one of America's 500 fastest growing companies (actually #188). Starting with $10,000 and no experience, he grew the company from 1 location selling fresh hot roasted cinnamon glazed almonds on a small nut cart to over 100 locations in the biggest theme parks, professional sports stadiums, arenas and shopping malls across the globe. He grew to over $100,000,000 in system-wide sales in 6 years. John has learned from a lot of trial and error and from the school of hard knocks and knows what it take to go from good to great and emerge a success.
In an effort to help the countless struggling companies in the US grow so they can realize their dreams and to keep and create good paying jobs and to help stimulate the economy, in 2001, John founded the Cycle-of- Success Institute, or COSi. It's the first and only business coaching program in the nation that coaches and trains President and managers of small to mid-sized companies an award winning 12 step program that rapidly enhances business performance and growth. COSi grows businesses that grows communities and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn named March 16th "COSi Day in the State of Illinois" for saving companies and creating and retaining thousands of jobs.
John has become an in-demand and acknowledged specialist in the small business world and he knows what it takes to build a successful high growth company. John has presented high impact workshops to thousands of business leaders across the country.
In addition to founding COSi, John hosted a live talk radio show in Chicago "Small Business Talk" on AM-1530. John has been featured in MS-NBC, Yahoo Finance, Entrepreneur Magazine, a past member of the USA Today Small Business Panel and the past Illinois Honorary Chairman for the U.S. Department of Commerce Small Business Committee. He was named one of the 50 Unstoppable People from the book "unstoppable". He is the co-author of the "Cycle-of -Success" audio book published by Nightingale Conant. John was named a 40 under 40 CEO to watch and most recently, a Bestselling Author of The Profit Pattern.