The track for John’s career has a sound foundation rooted deeply in the retail grocery industry. With a background that draws from an entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to model successful markets in a ever increasingly consolidating and competitive industry, John has operated his own business for fifteen years, grew revenue at double digit rates, and sustained 4% operational nets (1% industry average) while doubling the workforce head count.
John has had the opportunity to build from his roots in retail by serving in a marketing role with Wyeth, a Fortune 200 consumer products company. Wyeth manufacturers and markets such brands as Advil, Dimetapp and Centrum. John understands the challenges involved and how to create opportunities when representing Wyeth brands with companies like SUPERVALU, CUB Foods, Snyder Drug and retail partners such as Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart. While representing these brands John was responsible for increasing the market share of the Advil brand to a national high in the Minneapolis market, and became a member of Wyeth’s Circle of Excellence and was recognized as national marketing representative of the year. Top achievement honors in leadership among a team of four hundred.
Successfully selling the retail grocery business late in 2004 allowed him to begin his association with CO2 Partners in 2005. Combining the almost thirty years of experiences and the ability to view opportunities from an elevation John consistently generates results with the companies in his client base. During this time his clients range from Leaders in IT companies, Retail and Service organizations to Manufacturing firms. Process development, communication and strategic alignment are competencies for John. Leadership continues to remain the focus for CO2 Partners and his commitment to forwarding the concept of Leadership is the basis at which he will engage with clients.
John has a BS Management and Finance from the College of Business, St. Cloud State University. Professional association affiliations include Food Marketing Institute, The National Grocers Association, The General Merchandise Council, and Minnesota Grocers Association. Active within civic organizations including Rotary International, Lions, and Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce where John served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Board. Currently serving as a member of the Economic Development Authority of the City of Ramsey, and on the Board of Directors for Achieve Services. John is married to Patti and has two boys, Miles and Mitchell.
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