Mr. Alquist is an ageless, timeless, 62-year-old self-employed small business owner–a role he has enjoyed for the last 17 years. His passion is to increase self-employment back to the 80% level as it was before the Industrial Revolution, which, in historical terms, was an abberation in the traditional historical normalcy of self-employment. The Information Age and the Internet make it possible to be self-employed with a small amount of capital. MLM and franchise opportunities open self-employment to almost everyone.Many new skills need to be acquired, and the training needs for the self-employed are enormous. A major mindest change is needs, and Mr. Alquist provides all of these things via his speaking, coaching, and consulting.
His Dilbert Days In Corporate AmericaBefore escaping the 23 year yoke of corporate employment, he was Vice President and Marketing Director for BarclaysAmericanCorporation, a national financial services firm with an international parent, for nine years.
Earlier employment includes: Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank, Marketing and Advertising Division; Advertising and Public Relations Director, Peoples Trust of New Jersey; Advertising Manager-Dealer Products, Spalding Sporting Goods Company; Direct Response Manager, G. Fox & Company, a May Department Stores unit; Public Relations Assistant, Southern New England Telephone; Editorial Assistant, “The Catholic Transcript.”
The Glorious Self-Employment Era Currently, Mr. Alquist provides small business consulting, typically start-ups and turnaround firms. He owns and operates a website and Internet services business. He is a versatile public speaker. His business experience as an employed executive includes public relations, advertising, market research, product management and Marketing Director positions. The Personal and Political StuffJohn is married to Shirley S. Alquist. He is the father of four young adults. He has two wonderful, handsome grandsons.
He enjoys Bible study as his principal hobby. He is a Pentecostal Christian.
Politically, Mr. Alquist has been active as a candidate for school board and was campaign manager for the previous Charlotte Mayor, now a member of the United States House of Representatives. Mr. Alquist is politically Libertarian and morally conservative.
A True Renaissance ManA gifted author, Mr. Alquist's oral communications skills include public speaking and teaching. He also facilitates corporate planning conferences, using wherever possible the Nominal Group Technique. He is both serious and humorous, but he is always entertaining and provocative.
He has an avid interest in alternative medicine, based on successful personal experience. He is an avid believer in anti-aging natural medicine, physical fitness, optimum nutrition and a serene, joyful lifestyle.
Coast to Coast, TooHaving lived in Connecticut, Rhode Island (during college), New Jersey, California, North Carolina and Florida, he understands the intense regionalization of the United States, believing that it is almost eight or nine different countries. He has a Bachelor of Art's Degree in Political Science from Providence College.