John Walsh


If you are looking for an experienced leader, with high ethical standards and a sounding board for your challenges then read on and give a call.

For Leadership Growth Incorporated in 2000, as a Consulting and Coaching practice guiding leaders through Performance and Profit growth

John has 20 years experience with large Fortune 300 corporations – he started with AT&T and then served as VP & General Manager for Verizon/GTE and Federal Signal Corporation. He was recruited to serve as President, COO, and CEO for 14 years with several privately and family owned companies.

List of Experiences on Business Journey:

For Leadership Growth Inc., Western Springs, Illinois – President & CEO

Production Stamping Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin – President & CEO

Basler Electric, Highland, Illinois – President & COO plus Managing Director-Europe and Asia

Principal Manufacturing Company, Broadview, Illinois – President & CEO

La Marche Manufacturing Company, Des Plaines, Illinois – President & CEO

GTE CORPORATION – IPC, Chicago, Illinois – Vice President & General Manager

Federal Signal Corp–Federal Sign Company, Oak Brook, Illinois – Vice President & Gen Manager

AT&T – Illinois Bell, Chicago, Illinois – Marketing Manager, Sales Manager, Operations Manager

Procter & Gamble, Chicago, Illinois – Sales and Business Growth

Additional service includes serving on Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisors:

  • Scientific Device Laboratory (2011 – Present)
  • Regis Technologies (1997-Present)
  • Broad Business School, Michigan State-Advisory Board-Management College (2009–2013)
  • Kamco Plastics (2000-2008)
  • La Marche Manufacturing (1991-1999)
  • Basler Electric (2000-2002)
  • Ellis Corporation (1999)
  • National Speakers Association Illinois Chapter (2007–2010) – Chapter President 2008-2009
  • Institute of Management Consultants Illinois Chapter (2007-2010)
  • Management Association of Illinois (1996-2000) plus Chairman of Board – 1999-2000
  • American Electronics Association Illinois (1999) – Chairman of Board – Midwest Council
  • Presidents’ Advisory Forum (1991-1999)
  • Crowe Chizek -LSI Presidents’ Advisory Forum (1999-2000)


“Deep analysis and solid fixes have benefited us. You were very helpful in getting us to focus on lean systems and remove costs from out company.”
- Gregory Reichle, President & CEO, American Wilbert Vault Corporation


M.B.A. Northern Illinois University
B.A.      Michigan State University

Adjunct Faculty – Teaching – Giving back insight by teaching college students:

  • Michigan State University – serve on Advisory Board for Management College (2009 – Present)
  • Keller Graduate School of Management MBA Program – 1979-1991
      Marketing Management, Business Plans, Sales Management and Channels of Distribution
  • College of DuPage – 1973-1979
      Small Business Management, Marketing, Personnel Management, Sales Management
  • Aurora College – Economics -1973
  • Moraine Valley Community College – 2005 – Present
      Client Communications – promoting customer outcomes and growth in loyalty
  • Junior Achievement Advisor  – 1969-1971


  • Certified Management Consultant – awarded by Institute of Management Consultants
  • Registered Corporate Coach – Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC)
  • National Speakers Association – Illinois Chapter – President 2009-2010 – Inspirational Award
  • Michigan State University – President of Varsity “S” Club letter winners- major sports
  • Michigan State University – Football – linebacker –Duffy Daugherty – Hall of Fame Coach
  • Michigan State University – Football – Green and White Spring Game – White team MVP
  • Brother Rice High School – Athletic Hall of Fame – “Circle of Champions”


“John is experienced in closely-held corporations, easy to work with/helpful, steady/stable, complete/thorough/no short cuts, excellent communicator, principled/high integrity, and an effective problem solver.” – Jim Proebstle, President, Prodyne, Inc.


John’s values were influenced by his immigrant parents who fostered his work ethic, self-sufficiency, spirituality and education. He applies his values in developing good working relationships with owners, customers, direct reports, sales staff, employees and suppliers. John believes the ability to motivate and empower employees allows greater levels of performance and builds first-class teams.

“Sincere, intelligent, serious, well educated, and good natured, not all work but some play plus ability to laugh. I believe your persona is ideal for helping clients.”
- John Hojnar, President and CPA

Industry Knowledge

John Walsh has served organizations in many industries, both domestically and internationally. A representative selection includes:

Auto Equipment

Auto Manufacturers

Motorcycles & other small engines

Pleasure boats and engines


Basic and Intermediate Chemicals


Travel Agencies and Travel Services


Diversified Machinery, including Material Handling Machinery

Machine Tools, Components, and Accessories

Metal Fabrication, including Hardware & Fasteners

Transformers, Electrical Generation Equipment, and Miscellaneous Electrical Products


Plastic Products

Materials & Construction, including HVAC

Consumer Products


Lawn Equipment

Diversified Services

Telemarketing Call Centers

Management Consulting

Colleges and Universities

Electronics Technology


Insulation and Firebrick Products


Communications Processing Equipment

Local Telecom and Private Transmission Services

Diversified Telecom Service Providers


Electric and Gas

 Contact us and let’s discuss your situation, challenges, and opportunities for growth.

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