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John Spence Named a Top 100 Business Thought Leader


Trust Across America Names Top 100 Thought Leaders for 2013

Gainesville, FL – January 19, 2013 — John Spence has once again been recognized as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior. This year’s recipients hail from around the globe and include leaders from the public and private sectors as well as authors, consultants, researchers and academics. These people collectively represent an elite group that genuinely transforms the way organizations do business across the world.

According to Barbara Kimmel, the Executive Director of Trust Across America, “The honorees are inspiring organizations to look more closely at their higher purpose…to create greater value for, and trust from, all of their stakeholders. They understand that trust is an asset that can leverage real business gains. We congratulate all of these leaders whose work is shining a spotlight on the importance of trust and providing a roadmap for others to follow.”

JohnSpence with borderTrust Across America publicized and received hundreds of nominations from around the world. The list was narrowed through an extensive vetting and independent judging process. Other recipients of the 2013 Top Thought Leaders award include: Sir Richard Branson – CEO of the Virgin Group, Howard Schultz – CEO of Starbucks, Tony Hsieh – CEO of Zappos, acclaimed business consultant Ram Charan, internationally renowned author Thomas L. Friedman, and business authors Patrick Lencioni, Tom Peters, Rosabeth M. Kanter and Jim Kouzes.

“I am deeply honored to receive this wonderful distinction for two main reasons,” said John Spence. “First because this award is specifically for fostering trustworthy business behavior, something that has been a major focus of my career, and also because it is incredibly humbling when I look at the other individuals who were also selected as top thought leaders from all over the world.”

In part, Mr. Spence was chosen for this award for his work as an instructor at the highly prestigious Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT and his role in the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

“In the past year I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of executives in America, Asia-Pacific, Canada and the Caribbean on the importance of building organizations that are focused on honesty, integrity and trust,” said Spence. “It is a joy to spend my time helping develop winning organizational cultures that create engagement, loyalty and sustainable business success.”

John Spence is a business improvement expert based in Gainesville, Florida. He is the author of “Awesomely Simple – Essential Business Strategies for Turning Ideas Into Action” and “Excellence by Design: Leadership – The Six Key Characteristics of Outstanding Leaders. For the past 19 years, Mr. Spence has presented workshops, speeches and executive coaching to more than 300 organizations worldwide including; Microsoft, IBM, GE, Abbott, Merrill Lynch, AT&T, Verizon, Qualcomm, and dozens of private companies, associations and not-for-profits. This is the third time that Mr. Spence has been named a Top 100 Thought Leader and in 2011 Small Business Trends recognized him with an Honorable Mention as a leading Small Business Influencer in America along with Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin and Apple.



  1. Congratulations John! Well deserved 🙂

  2. John Dufek says:


    This is a recognition well-earned, and well–deserved. I wish you continued success in your impressive career, and your commend you on your ability and willingness to mentor others. Your blogs are among my favorites!

  3. Pam Shaver says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! What a nice honor, and well deserved by you–I’m so glad I was able to hear you speak at the TCIA conference. You have provided alot of great ideas that have been helpful my personal growth, and the continued success of the company I work for.

  4. Way to go John!

  5. Congratulations John. That is a rather significant accomplishment and I’m very impressed and you continued success. Someday, I hope to have the opportunity of meeting you.

  6. Well done John and well deserved. In this media driven world where it is generally the pedlars of populist panaceas it is good to see people such as yourself recognised for sticking to the proven fundamentals of business. Enjoy your moment in the sun.

  7. Congrats John!! This is amazing and what is more is the fact that I had an opportunity to meet you, interact with you and listen to you speak, which was the best and most worthwhile part of the O&P conference in the Dominican.
    Way to go!!

  8. Thank you ALL so much == I am truly honored in winning this award and I deeply appreciate each of you taking a moment to send your congratulations – it is much appreciated!!!

  9. Congratulations, John! We are proud to have you as a part of our expert community!

  10. “Well deserved” is an understatement.

    You are a rock star in the world of caring, passion, compassion and integrity.

    Glad to have your guidance and love.

    Congratulations JS.

  11. Lou — I am very proud to be on your team at the Best Practice Institute – you are doing fantastic work!!!!!

  12. Andy Williams says:

    Congratulations, John on this great award. This is an excellent way to recognize all that you do to help so many people and their companies achieve so much.