In his over 30 years of experience as a motivational speaker, Johnnie has used his unique blend of comedy and storytelling to inspire audiences around the United States. Drawing on his own struggles and triumphs, Johnnie empowers individuals to reach their highest potential and embrace their unique place in the world.
Fox and Friends
NBC Nightly News
The Today Show
Hope College Distinguished Alumni Award
Gerald R Ford Unsung Hero Award
Alternatives in Motion, Founder
Paws with a Cause, Education Program Creator
Gun Lake Adventure Series, Author
Targeted for students grades K-5, this program teaches disability awareness, inclusion, problem solving and team building. Johnnie utilizes the award winning Gun Lake Adventure book series he authored to connect with younger audiences.
Through this unique program titled Living Lessons, Johnnie spends a full day with a group of 20-40 storytellers. Students discover personal life lessons through sharing their own unique journeys.
To engage the high school audience, Johnnie blends storytelling and stand up comedy, to address topics like disability awareness, inclusion, anti bullying and school climate. The program allows students to recognize personal roles and responsibilities within their own communities.
Higher Education and Orientation
Focusing on specific challenges related to this transitional period in students’ lives, this program focuses on the delicate topics of disability awareness, inclusion and human rights. Johnnie has spent the last 30 years teaching and entertaining college students on campuses through the world.
Corporate & Custom
Johnnie also crafts custom full or half day programs specific to the needs of your organization. In addition to any of the topics above, Johnnie speaks on team building, work force climate, motivation, sales expertise, and humor. A special class on human sexuality is taught with his wife Laura.
Alternatives in Motion
In an effort to promote independent, healthy and active lifestyles, Alternatives in Motion provides quality used wheelchairs and routine repair services to individuals and families with financial need. Johnnie has helped place over 1,000 wheelchairs and raise over six million dollars for this effort.
Paws with a Cause
Paws with a Cause provides service animals, and enhances the independence and quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Johnnie developed a national education program, and with the help of his service dog “Steamer” raised awareness and funds for the cause.
Started by Johnnie’s wife, Laura’s Haven accommodates former rehab patients in need of temporary housing. Newly disabled individuals often need to update their homes to meet new needs. Laura and Johnnie work to make sure these individuals are not displaced after hospital discharge.
Johnnie specializes in speaking to corporate and educational audiences on the importance of grabbing life by the cojones.
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