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John Spence

Advisor Gainesville, Florida Area, US

One of the top 100 business and leadership experts in America

One of the top 100 business and leadership experts in America

6 vouches

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Managing Partner John Spence, LLC March 1994 - present
Awesomely Simple - Essential Business Strategies for Turning Ideas into Action Author September 2009 - September 2010
Managing Partner Flycaster & Company June 2003 - September 2008
Excellence By Design: Leadership - The Six Key Characteristics of Outstanding Leaders Author June 2006 - June 2007
CEO Florida leadership Institute March 1999 - October 2002
CEO Mango Bay Traders February 1995 - September 1998
Partner Sales Force Systems, Inc. June 1994 - June 1996
Stand-in CEO Caribbean Marine Research Center July 1994 - March 1995
CEO Ross Art October 1991 - June 1994
CEO / Executive Director The Billfish Foundation August 1989 - June 1994


University of Florida Public Relations / Marketing 1987 - 1989
Santa Fe College Business 1985 - 1987
Gulliver Preparatory 1970 - 1982

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Selling online training courses – especially business training courses.
  • • Must have a strong background with lots of experience in building
Markets of Interest
  • • Education
  • • Events
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Leadership • Entrepreneurship • Strategy • Leadership Development

Key Accomplishments

I've been named one of the top 100 business thought leaders in America, one of the top 100 small business experts in America, one of the top 500 leadership development experts in the world, one of the top 100 leadership experts on Twitter and was recently recognized as one of the top 50 leaders to watch in America by the American management Association along with Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Jeff Bezos.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Because I travel so much, the best way for me to assist is via email or Skype. It helps me a great deal if people send me a detailed list of questions so that I can give it some thought before I offer any advice. Also, if I do not have the answer I have a large network of very bright people that I can go to in an effort to find the answer.

As an Advisor

I am happy to assist and give advice in any way I'm able, your restriction is my travel schedule – I'm on the road about 200 days a year worldwide.

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Allison Ables
We worked together  •  Broker, Allison Ables Real Estate. Previously Realtor, Keller Williams Gainesville Realty - Allison Ables. University of Florida grad.
John is a tremendous asset to our team and our company. He has helped us develop and improve our leadership skills and develop and execute o ... ur strategic vision. We take advantage of every opportunity we have to read his blog, books and attend webinars and speaking engagements.
Scott Costello
They're my friends  •  Publisher, Guide to Greater Gainesville and Publisher, BUSINESS in the Heart of Florida. University of Florida grad.
This is hard to answer in just a few words. I have known John for a number of years. Our friendship started as a business relationship. H ... e was a coach, then a mentor, then a Board Member and now a close friend. I trust him, I depend on him and most importantly, I can count on him. John does what he says he is going to do and unlike many professional consultants, he listens as much if not more than he speaks.
Spencer Penhart
We worked together  •  Principal, Penhart Performance Group LLC. Previously Senior Manager- Sales Management Effectiveness, AbbVie.
If there is one human on earth I would vouch for, it is John Spence. He is an incomparable combination of vast knowledge with a huge heart.
Jorgia McAfee
We worked together  •  Producer, Elevens Productions and VP of Development, Universal Security Monitoring, LLC. University of Florida grad.
John is a lifelong learner who shares his wealth of knowledge with people in a no-nonsense and entertaining fashion. I've known John for man ... y years and he constantly pushes me to outperform my most recent achievements and to take a critical look at what I'm currently doing in my personal and professional life. My 40-year-old company recently hired him to conduct a day-long workshop and the residual effects of his leadership have been nothing short of phenomenal. John has helped to foster a more communicative and proactive workforce within my organization. John is able to analyze any organization and help the leaders identify what they are doing right and what they need to change in order to thrive. He would make an excellent advisor.
Mercedes Petrus
We worked together  •  Operations Manager, John Spence, LLC.
John Spence is recognized as one of the top 100 business thought leaders and as one of the top 500 leadership development experts in the wor ... ld. He is an international keynote speaker and management consultant and has written five books on business and life success. He has made a career of “Making the Very Complex… Awesomely Simple”.
David Ulloa
They're my friends  •  President / Founder, Valeo Films Inc. and Co-Founder, Trident Global Imaging, LLC.
A very insightful and caring individual who not only practices what he speaks about, but is maniacal about helping the everybody around him. ... He can be trusted with your ideas, thoughts and goals and will use all of his experience and knowledge to help you achieve or realize them.

Matthew Donovan
We worked together  •  Founder & CEO, | MTB Freak | Modulating coffee intake as hobby
He is extremely talented and curious.