Based in Barrie, Ontario, Jon has two passions that are the driving force behind his work – the first, to help business owners and leadership teams become their best; and the second – a natural result of the first – to help leaders create fulfilling and engaging workplaces for their teams. Offering coaching for small businesses in Barrie, Orillia and Muskoka is not only something he loves, but something that has grown out of real-life experiences as an entrepreneur.
Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, Jon has been a partner in five businesses ranging from real estate ventures to dealerships to manufacturing. Two were successful, and three were great learning experiences! As a small business coach, Jon understands what drives an entrepreneur as well as the many challenges they face – from the pressure of making payroll and meeting customer deadlines, to the stress of leading people and keeping a steady stream of work flowing. For Jon, being a business coach is the fruition of years of experience and many hard lessons learned. Today, he is passionate about serving other business owners and managers in Barrie and beyond – not just as a coach, but as a fellow entrepreneur who understands.
A small business coach who gets it
For 10 years, Jon served as the CEO of an equipment design and manufacturing company. Working alongside a dedicated business partner and the help of an incredible integrator, he successfully transformed the culture, developed a great team and grew the business from 1.5 million to a profitable 7 million.
However, the business then hit a ceiling. It became apparent that the two partners were no longer on the same page with where to take the company. After making some tough decisions, scaling back the company and selling off a portion of the business, they agreed on a plan to part ways.
When deciding what the next chapter would look like, Jon knew there was one non-negotiable. He wanted to find the intersection where passion meets strengths! While piecing together a business coaching program to help companies in Barrie and beyond bridge organizational gaps between owners, managers and workers, Jon was introduced to the EOS business coaching model for entrepreneurs. He instantly knew that becoming a business coach was his new calling, and that EOS was the glue that connected everything he’d learned about leadership and running a great business together into one system.
Today, as an experienced business coach and entrepreneur, Jon works with leadership teams in Barrie, Orillia and Muskoka fulfilling his two passions: helping leaders become their best while creating great places to work. By helping teams implement the EOS model, Jon is offering coaching for small businesses that can truly move the needle and bring transformative growth in the workplace.
Jon lives in Barrie, Ontario with his beautiful wife Kristin and four wonderful teenage kids – loving life!
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