John Spence

Small Business Owner in Gainesville, Florida

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John Spence is recognized as one of the Top 100 Business Thought Leaders in America, one of the Top 100 Small Business Influencers in America, and one of the Top 500 Leadership Development Experts in the World. John is also one of the American Management Association’s Leaders to Watch along with Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Jeff Bezos. He is an international keynote speaker and management consultant who has written five books on business and life success and has made a career out of “Making the Very Complex… Awesomely Simple”.


At twenty-six, John was the CEO of an international Rockefeller foundation, overseeing projects in twenty countries. Just two years later, he was named an “Up and Coming Young Business Leader” by Inc. Magazine.

He is a guest lecturer at over ninety colleges and universities across the United States including Harvard, Cornell, Stanford, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and John is also a special instructor for the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT. He has been the owner or CEO of ten companies and is an advisor or board member to several organizations.

Since 1994, John has presented workshops, speeches, and executive coaching to hundreds of companies and organizations worldwide, including government offices and not-for-profits. His work as a business advisor and executive educator has taken him on assignments to many European countries as well as Hong Kong, Japan, China, Mexico, Latin America, New Zealand, Australia, the Caribbean, and Canada.

  • Work
    • Author, speaker, trainer, executive coach
  • Education
    • University of Florida