JOHN COSTIGAN

JOHN COSTIGAN

FOUNDER

 

Meet John Costigan. He puts the sales in a salesman, and he has the track record to prove it. But there is a lot more to John than just sales. From college basketball player to self-made businessman, John has a story that any motivated individual will appreciate. After a great childhood in Chicago, where he started his first company in his teens, John attended Northern Illinois University. He walked on to the basketball team there in 1982, the same year that Michael Jordan was winning a national title at UNC. While in college, John started his second business, a roofing company. Entrepreneurship was in John’s blood from the start. After graduation, John played professional basketball in Europe for two years and then decided to return stateside and pursue his career in business. He worked with Chicago-based Comdisco, where he spent time as an account rep. Next, John excelled as a Sales Executive for EMC, the Director of Sales for Virtus Software, and VP of Sales for Hey!, Inc. Despite an undying love for the Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks, John decided to relocate to the Triangle area of North Carolina with his young family. The cold Chicago winters just couldn’t compete with the mild weather, college sports, and near year-round golf that North Carolina had to offer. Soon after the relocation, John founded Jack Ryan Associates (named after his son) and utilized years of hard earned sales experience to grow an incredible client base through live sales training sessions. Over the next several years, John’s business grew and he began to gain global recognition for his sales training techniques and insights. During 2006, John hosted a call-in radio show called “Everybody’s a Sales Person” and was also a guest commentator for a local media station during Donald Trump’s television series The Apprentice. And, in 2010, John was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Sales Professionals by the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals. When asked what drives him, John answered, “No matter what the challenge, there’s nothing more enjoyable than simply helping people become better people, professionally as well as personally.”