Jack is a successful businessman, best selling author, and athlete. He has been the CEO, President or Chief operating officer for some of America’s most recognizable entrepreneurs, including Steve Wynn, Steve Case, Merv Griffin and Donald Trump. To say that he has worked with some of the best and some of the worst leaders would be an understatement.
Jack has also taken his knowledge and successfully opened his own businesses in two diverse fields, Hospitality and Behavioral Health.
Along with Jack’s business success, he is what he calls himself, “A Survivor”. He openly credits much of his success to the fact that he is a survivor of childhood trauma. Losing his father when he was eight years old, and having his first paying job washing floors in a beauty salon when he was 10. Then losing his mother when he was 12. Literally waking one morning in Colorado and going to bed the same day in Illinois, in his aunt and uncles home. A home where he was loved but exposed to harsh realities of a dysfunctional alcoholic family system. While a painful reality of his life, it has made him a better person today, and he shares this experience with others in the hope that they too will recognize the past does not have to dictate your future.
Jack has been featured in America’s most prominent media outlets. From CNN and MSNBC, regularly featured on Out Front with Erin Burnett, The Beat with Ari Melber, Anderson Cooper and others. He has been widely quoted by leading columnists from the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Politico. He has written numerous Op-Eds, being published in Politico and local newspapers across the country. He has also been prominently featured in documentaries on CNN, Netflix and PBS.
Jack shares his passion for success based on a simple philosophy, “if you really want to do something, you just have to do it!” He wanted to run a large casino business, and by the time he was 32, he was CEO of one the most successful operations in the industry. He wanted to compete in distance events, simply to understand his mental and physical capability, so he ran across the Sahara Desert, competed in The Ironman in Hawaii, he competed in Americas toughest marathon, the Pikes Peak Marathon, among perhaps 100 other endurance events. His love for horses peaked his interest in equine competition, and he as finished third in the world in reining and eighth in limited cow horse. He still competes today, chasing the dream of being a world champion cowboy in reining.
Simply put, Jack has a remarkable story to tell of his business success, athletic success, and how he overcame the challenges of grief and childhood trauma.
Jack currently is the CEO of C4 Recovery Foundation. C4 is a non- profit dedicated to education in the addiction and behavioral heath field. With the goal of provided affordable and accessible treatment to all who are effected directly or indirectly by the disease.