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    A well rounded, internationally recognized, chief executive officer offering a rare combination of entrepreneurial spirit, for-profit and non-profit leadership skills, firsthand experience of overcoming adversity and a proven ability to motivate people.


    2012 - Present
    Executive Director
    Society of St. Vincent de Paul - St. Louis Council
    St. Louis, Missouri

    • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul – St. Louis Council is the regional resource center of a larger international federated lay Catholic faith-based organization that offers person-to-person help to the poor. The 168 year old St. Louis Council is the oldest and largest SVDP Council in the U.S. in terms of supporting 3,000 volunteers working in 140 parish-based chapters, administering 5 programs, operating 5 thrift stores, and employing 70 employees, through a $4.5 million annual operating budget. Manage 5 direct reports

      • Spearhead the development, communication, execution of and effective growth strategies of Council programs.
      • Ensure ongoing mission viability through rigorous program evaluation, consistent quality of finance, administration, human resource, fundraising, and public relations efforts; recommended timelines and resources needed.
      • Seek outside funding in the form of grants, contracts and donations from public and private sources.
      • Responsible for operating the organization within budget guidelines and ensures that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
      • Maintain effective relationships with other organizations, both public and private and ensures that the position of the Council is enhanced.

    2008 - 2011
    Executive Director
    Community Link, Inc.
    Breese, Illinois

    • Community Link, Inc. is a community-based non-profit that serves over 500 people with developmental disabilities through 10 programs, 135 employees, and a $6.75 million annual operating budget. Supervised 7 direct reports.

      • Responded to the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families by cultivating a customer driven culture with re-envisioned service delivery methods.
      • Established short and long range goals, objectives, plans and policies, in conjunction with the Board of Directors.
      • Formulated budgets to keep the $6.75 million agency solvent in an unprecedented State of Illinois budget financial crisis.
      • Researched and developed potential opportunities for expansion of agency services.
      • Reviewed operating results, compared outcomes established objectives, and corrected unsatisfactory results.
      • Liaised with all government and other funding and referral sources, consumers, families, and staff maintaining positive relationships and favorable perceptions of the agency.

    1995 – Present
    John Foppe Seminars, Inc. dba Visionary Velocity Worldwide
    Breese, Illinois

    • John Foppe Seminars, Inc. is a privately held corporate motivation company.

      • Developed international client base and present personal growth and business execution seminars throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Researched, developed, and wrote an organizational development curriculum on how to translate visions into outcomes and maintain momentum when executing change initiatives.
      • Assessed clients’ needs and developed customized training programs.
      • Sold training solutions and negotiated contracts.

    1992 – 1995
    Professional Speaker
    The Zig Ziglar Corporation
    Dallas, Texas

    • The Zig Ziglar Corporation offers seminars and products for sales training and personal development.

      • Only outside speaker personally hired and trained by international motivational speaker and author, Zig Ziglar.


    Saint Louis Universit
    St. Louis, Missouri
    • Master of Social Work – Family Therapy Concentration

      Saint Louis Universit
      St. Louis, Missouri
      • B.A. Communication

      •   - Graduated Cum Laude


    • Saint Louis University, Honorary Doctorate in Humanities and Public Service, May, 2013

    • Small Business Monthly, Top 100 St. Louisans to Know to Succeed in Business, March 2013

    • Mater Dei Catholic High School, Hall of Honor – Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011

    • U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, Ten Outstanding Young Americans, 1993
    •    - Other past recipients include: John F. Kennedy, Ann Bancroft, Elvis Presley, & Bill Clinton.

  • BOOKS:

    • Wrote an inspirational personal growth book: What’s Your Excuse? Making the Most of What You Have. (Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee 2002)

    •    - Selected as freshman reading text for Saint Louis University Freshman 101 Course 2004-2005.

         - Translated into six foreign languages.


    • Article: “Why Don’t Visions Translate Into Outcomes? The Answer is in the Code” Project Management World Today Business Internet Magazine, (November, 2007)

    • Six month series on executing initiatives for U.S. Business Review throughout entitled, “The Vision Thing”, 2007

    •    - “What’s the Problem Here?” How to Find and Fix the Causes of Workplace Apathy (March, 2007)

         - “Who Cares?” Does Engaged Apathy Define Your Culture? (April, 2007)

         - “Understanding Problem Employees” (May, 2007)

         - “Fishing for Better Execution” (June, 2007)

         - “Choice: Key To Avoiding The ‘Have Trap’” (July, 2007)

         - “The Power of Availability” (August, 2007)

    • Guest writer for Zig Ziglar’s E-Newsletter. Articles include:

    •    - “How to Get Unstuck—Now!” (2007)

         - “How To Silence the Internal Self-Critic” (2006)

         - “Are You Living the Life You Fear?” (2003)

         - “Etiquette for Meeting People with Disabilities” (2003)

         - “Making the Best of Everything You Have” (2002)

         - “Managing Your Worry” (2001)


    • Donate leadership, motivation and team building seminars to the Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa’s Congregation).

    •    - Kolkata

         - Budapest

         - Paris

         - Newark

         - St. Louis

         - Rome

         - Washington D.C.

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