About Jon

I’m usually the one asking questions because I want to know about YOU, but you clicked…so here’s a bit about me.

I make money doing this. I donate my time here. What makes me smile the most are these guys.

In as few words as possible, this is who I am, what has shaped my thinking, and what I am the most proud of.

I came from a great family and grew up as a military brat; I was born in Sasebo, Japan, and attended eight different schools before graduating in 1993.

In just four years, I worked hard as an in-home knife salesman, to become the youngest North American Sales Promotion Manager for Vector Marketing.

My favorite professional accomplishments were receiving the Dr. Stephen Renner Memorial Award for Personal and Professional Growth and for being voted Campus Speaker of the Year in both 2012 & 2013 by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.

I co-founded The Front Row Foundation after I raised the initial funds in a 53 mile, double marathon in 2005.

I love speaking to groups. Over a decade ago, I bought Tony Robbins’ Personal Power CDs. After I wrote him a letter explaining how much his messaged changed my life, he included my story (Moving from the Back Row to Front Row of Life) in his newsletter. I am now a Senior Leader in his organization.

In 2008, I was married in Siberia to my incredible wife Tatyana, who’s a nutritional health coach and yoga instructor. We have 2 amazing little boys.

I believe in the power of relationships. Community shapes reality, so I put people first. When I die, I want to be known as someone who cared for others. Although I haven’t always treated people well, and I still make mistakes, I am constantly striving to improve myself. I am committed to being a great friend, leader, mentor, husband and father.

I love to travel and I’m addicted to learning. I believe life is an adventure, and that our greatest ally in it is perspective.

I do what I do because I love to inspire those around me. I believe we should help each other overcome our fears and step up to start living life “in the front row.”

I am certain this is my calling.

beth“Thanks again so much for coming to Marian for our Aspiring Leaders Conference this weekend! Our students took away so much from your presentations. Chris just compiled the session evaluations, and wanted to let you know that you were a HUGE HIT.”

Beth Wall, Marian University

I live my life in this way!

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