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Hey there, I’m Justin. Husband to Brooke. Daddy to four girls and one boy. Writer. Sales exec. Dreamer. Lover of sales and business.
I’m continually exploring how to reclaim meaning in the things that matter most. Most of the time that involves marriage, parenting, business and wellness.
I certainly don’t have everything figured out, but I promise to send you relevant tips, stories, advice and lessons learned (often through the school of hard knocks) once per week if you sign up to get my emails.
On a personal front, I have been married to Brooke, my high school sweetheart (although at times she didn’t feel like I was very sweet), for 12 years. Marriage has been an amazing gift, but we’ve gone through our bumps and bruises for sure. Tough moves, miscarriage, financial stress, you name it. Through it all, we’ve continued to say to each other “I love you more today than I did yesterday.”
We have five young children. Four girls and one boy. When our fifth was born, our oldest was eight. So it has been quite the adventure. Our oldest is now eleven. The lone boy is number four in line and is surrounded on all sides by women. Poor kid.
On the career side, I’ve been fortunate to have some incredible experiences as it relates to enterprise sales and leading sales teams. Over the past decade, sales roles have afforded me the opportunity to work with clients ranging from local small business owners to CEO’s of global corporations. The jobs I’ve held have been highly visible, business to business sales roles. Serving and loving clients and driving real value for them in their business has been a true joy.
I fundamentally believe sales doesn’t have to suck for the involved parties. And it doesn’t have to be slick and shady. At its core, sales is a love story.
I’m currently the Director of Partnership Development for the Kansas City Chiefs. Prior to this role, I spent time in technology sales with ECCO Select in Kansas City and South Florida with a Salesforce.com partner, Synaptic Advisory Partners. Before we left for Florida, I was the Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Kansas City Chiefs. I was with the Chiefs for five years and learned a great deal about sales, culture, and leadership during my time there. Prior to the Chiefs, I sold sponsorships for Learfield Sports at the University of Missouri and the University of Memphis. Go Tigers in both instances.
From the wellness perspective, I’m a recovering lame and flabby “successful businessman”. I allowed my career and home responsibilities to overtake my ability and desire to care for myself. I blogged here about my wellness philosophy of Six On, One Off, which allowed me to truly change my lifestyle and lose 21 pounds in the process. Several friends of ours personally here in Kansas City have adopted this lifestyle and they are leaner, more energized, less tired and more engaged with their families as a result of this. Call us hippies, but our family is a bunch of green-eating (and juicing) machines. But man do we crush the carbs and sugar on our free day each week.
Brooke and these five kids make it all worth it. They’ve seen me at my best and certainly at my worst as well. I look forward to sharing more about them and our story.
Relationships are critical to me, and whether it’s personal or business, I value deep, meaningful connections. Many of my clients are still dear friends. Again, it’s a love story.
Looking forward to getting to know you and inviting you to the conversation taking place around how we can begin to reclaim the things that matter most.
If you’re new here, take a look at a few of these articles to get you started, they’re the ones that have resonated the most with readers:
- 15 Things All Dads of Daughters Should Know – Over 1M likes and 750K shares on FB and counting between HuffPost Parents, Redbook and GoodMenProject.com.
- How I Lost 21 Pounds in 13 Months – Not a Fad Diet but a Lifestyle & Wellness Transformation
- Are you Catholic, No We’re Just Crazy – 7 Tips to Navigate Work / Home Balance
- Your Son Doesn’t Need to Just “Suck it Up” – Lessons Learned from a Tee Ball Game
- Reclaiming Meaning in the Things That Matter Most – Lessons Learned from Renovating a 150 Year Old Home
What Others Are Saying:
“Life happens quick and just when I get one part figured out, I find myself struggling to decipher another. Working with Justin has given me the inner confidence and framework to reclaim what is important in my life. As a direct result, I am on a path towards career and passion becoming one. It is no longer okay to have dreams and not act on them.” – Aaron: Sales Manager, Husband, Daddy of Four
“Reading Justin’s blog has been an inspiration to me as a relatively new dad. I have been challenged and encouraged to pursue my family more intentionally so that I can love them more effectively. Since before I had kids, I was watching Justin raise his five children looking for tips. His actions put into words have encouraged me to become a better father.” – Andy: NFL Linebacker, Husband, Daddy of Two
“Since becoming a husband and father, balancing all areas of life has become a huge challenge. When I put emphasis in one area of my life, most of the others seem to get shortchanged. I have spent time looking for blogs and reading books written by people much wiser than I about the great struggle I was encountering; how do I juggle it all? After I found Justin’s blog, it became very clear to me: I was not alone. Reading the insight Justin gives into his business mind, and how he cares for his family gave me an energy and determination to not accept failure or think balance cannot be achieved in life. I have become more intentional and also placed greater focus on my day to day life with the challenges offered as he writes. One of the most impactful for my entire family was his 6 day on, 1 day off challenge. We were fighting the battle of the bulge like many people do, and we needed a plan that we could all agree on. We bought into this as a family unit pus it has helped us teach our son how to make healthy food choices. Not only have we lost weight, we now get excited every week for our off day which includes the eagerness of what amazing meal or dessert we will have. I now anticipate every post he has, even something as simple as what I ask my child after they come home from school. Too often I have only seen the enormous weight of leading a family and employees, and he does an amazing job of simplifying the journey of life while helping me to dream big. Thank you Justin, for taking the time to help all of us Ordinary Joe’s desiring to live an Extraordinary life.” – Derek: Consultant, Husband, Daddy of One
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Keep loving, it’s worth it.