ABOUT JOHN

ABOUT JOHN

John Baumann has had many “successes” in his life overcoming challenge after challenge. Graduating from Cornell Law School. Become an extraordinary attorney at Exxon and then as the General Counsel of a market-listed public company.

In 2002, at 41 years old, John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. John
continues to battle PD, the biggest challenge of his life.

John, now in his late 50s, has successfully reinvented himself. He not only accepted his condition but has embraced it. John has to continually reach deep down into himself to tap into the qualities that have proven critical in combating this horrific illness. Discipline, hard work, perseverance, and resilience are a given. What John and his wife, Bernadette, needed to find within themselves was intensity, tenacity, inner strength, and a strong faith. Most importantly, John needed to uncover his true purpose.

After being diagnosed, John became an internationally-recognized inspirational and educational professional speaker, joined the faculty of the College of Business at the University of Louisville and wrote a critically-acclaimed book entitled, DECIDE SUCCESS.

From Malaysia to France, from Vermont to Tucson, from Portland to Miami, and over 100 places in between, John has presented his informative, inspirational and, surprisingly, funny keynote speeches to audiences from 15 to 1,500.

As to his Parkinson’s, John, with Bernadette’s help, has gotten himself in the best shape of his life via a combination of positive thinking, a healthy diet and vigorous exercise.

John speaks to us all - with or without Parkinson’s!

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you.

I will be honest. During the first 10 minutes of your presentation, I started reading work related material on my laptop. For surely, I had watched your You-Tube and seen your videos and knew what to expect. Surely, as a therapist I had studied this disease, the pathological components, the psychological components, the treatment alternatives……..Surely, I understand it.

Not so much. You caught my attention and I was enthralled. You were able to couple the impairments you experience with the emotions felt. You walked us through your life with the disease through “your eyes”. A perspective that a therapist/nurse rarely has the chance to hear. We get so busy telling patients how to deal with x, y and z, but our eyes are blurred by the science of it all most of the time.

You did it through truth. Through your humor, humility and determination to tell your story. One that most deservedly needs to be shared.

I will advocate to have you share your story. I appreciate your determination, diligence and dedication.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, REHABILITATION HOSPITAL

You were just wonderful today. Funny, poignant, sensitive and empowered. I’m so glad I sat up front!

I wanted to say thank you once again for speaking at our conference this past Saturday. I also wanted to share with you some of the comments we received on our course evaluation forms about your presentation:

  • One of the best presentations I’ve had the privilege to hear!
  • He was engaging, informative and super encouraging!
  • Excellent speaker with heartfelt examples and inspirational.
  • Awesome perspective, presentation. John helped me understand better the challenges that persons diagnosed with Parkinson’s must conquer.
  • A+. The best.
  • John gave a very personal touch to Parkinson’s. He spoke from a perspective that is critical to understand from a PT standpoint.
  • Speaker was very inspiring and uplifting. I learned some things about Parkinson’s I did not know.
  • Great presentation: factual, humorous, emotional, wonderful, informative.
  • Thank you, John. Great presentation. You are an inspiration.

His basic message: “whatever hand life deals you, whatever life changing adversity you have to endure, you still have some control over it.” “You don’t have to just to live well,” he advises,” but live an Amazing Life.” The formula he proposes: Faith in yourself, discipline, determination, desire, intensity, and inner strength.

MARY SPREMULLI, VOICE AEROBICS

Yes, you touched every person at our conference, who will in turn change and impact so many others. The feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive. You are the only speaker to ever receive a standing ovation. Thank you for taking time to share, motivate and inspire. We are bl+essed to know you.

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, REHABILITATION HOSPITAL

  • Enjoyable. Beautiful spirit.
  • Dynamic – interesting – discussed topics that are important to Parkinson’s
  • I believe John found his calling in life. Truly inspirational speaker.
  • Incredible.
  • One of the most influential speakers I’ve ever heard! Thank you for sharing your story and adding humor to it! Great opener!
  • Outstanding! What an amazing man. He brought forth a holistic view of treatment and living.
  • One of the best speakers/most inspirational I’ve heard. Thank you for sharing.
  • Wow! What a testimony! Not just an enjoyable story, very touching and informative!

Once again, we truly appreciate the time and talent you gave to our conference.

NEURO CONFERENCE COORDINATOR,
REHABILITATION HOSPITAL
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Accomplishments and Affiliation

John Baumann has lived, and has succeeded at, three, if not more, separate, distinctive, yet overlapping, lives.

John found success as a student, now educator, putting himself through school, graduating summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts with a business degree and graduating with a juris doctorate from Cornell Law School having the distinction of being the last person admitted to the Class of 1986 two days before classes commenced.

1982 –Graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, College of Business

1986 –Graduated with a juris doctorate from Cornell Law School of the Ivy League

1986 –Passed the Texas Bar Examination

1986 –Hired as a trial attorney by Exxon

1990 –Passed the Louisiana Bar Examinationv

1992 –Passed the New Jersey Bar Examination

1995 –Admitted to the Kentucky Bar

1996 –Hired as Counsel by Steel Technologies, Inc., a Nasdaq- listed corporation

1997 –Elected to the Board of Junior Achievement in Kentucky

2000 –Promoted to General Counsel & Secretary

2002 –Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease

2003 –Elected to the Board of Make-a-Wish in Kentucky

2004 –Joined the faculty of the University of Louisville, College of Business teaching law until 2014

2005 –Elected to the Board of Thornton’s corporation (multi-state gas stations & convenience stores)

2006 –Formed JK Success Enterprises, LLC to provide professional speaker services (inspirational, educational, motivational, success, workplace proactive prevention – harassment, injury, union, etc.)

2008 –Retired from full-time practice of law

2009 –Received the distinction of being selected “Most Inspiring Professor.”

2009 –Guest Commentator, CNN Headline News, Prime News

2011 –Contributed chapter along with Deepak Chopra to the book Roadmap to Success

2012 –Released critically-acclaimed book DECIDE SUCCESS: Twelve Action Steps – You Ain’t Dead Yet describing how to succeed as a student, in a career as well as in response to a life-changing adverse event

2012 –Contributed chapter to the book Courageous Stories of Inspiration

2014 –Ambassador for Michael J. Fox Foundation

2016 –Chair, Patient mentorship committee, World Parkinson’s Program

John serves as Chair of Patient Mentorship Program at World Parkinson’s Program (WPP), a globally known organization that is dedicated to improve the quality of life of individuals with Parkinson’s and their caregivers by providing medication, education and other supportive services.

Millions of Parkinson’s patients globally can’t live without their medication, and they look up to donor like YOU for HELP since they are afflicted with extreme poverty

Impact lives of people with Parkinson’s today.

John’s training regime now includes alternating days of 60 minutes of boxing fitness strength training workouts (often with kettle bells) and 90 minutes of BIKRAM Hot Yoga (which he locates before booking hotels wherever he is speaking). He has his bad days, but believes that he is in better shape now than before his Parkinson’s disease including unintentionally trimming down from 215 to 170 and cutting his bad cholesterol level in half.

Testimonials

We all felt inspired and enjoyed listening to your presentation. Even though we are not living with Parkinson’s, we felt boost of motivation to continue helping those who are living with this disease. I am motivated to make more personal phone calls to people living with PD and asking how they are doing. Sometimes that “extra” bit of kindness truly makes a difference to someone. I am also motivated to research program ideas and partner with other organizations that may have similar values.

I learned that life is unexpected and that you cannot control it. What matters is your attitude!

-Great way to end the day, brave man, thank you very much!

-Good, excellent, great, outstanding speaker, very moving!

-Inspirational who just “gets it”

-Positive thinker and very funny!

-Honest speaker but also humorous!

Parkinson’s Society of Southwest Ontario, Canada, Symposium Keynote Presentation

“whatever hand life deals you, whatever life changing adversity you have to endure, you still have some control over it.” “You don’t have to just to live well,” he advises,” but live an Amazing Life.” The formula he proposes: Faith in yourself, discipline, determination, desire, intensity, and inner strength.

MARY SPREMULLI VOICE AEROBICS

Yes, you touched every person at our conference, who will in turn change and impact so many others. The feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive. You are the only speaker to ever receive a standing ovation. Thank you for taking time to share, motivate and inspire. We are blessed to know you.

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING REHABILITATION HOSPITAL

I will be honest. During the first 10 minutes of your presentation, I started reading work related material on my laptop. For surely, I had watched your You-Tube and seen your videos and knew what to expect. Surely, as a therapist I had studied this disease, the pathological components, the psychological components, the treatment alternatives……..Surely, I understand it.

Not so much. You caught my attention and I was enthralled. You were able to couple the impairments you experience with the emotions felt. You walked us through your life with the disease through “your eyes”. A perspective that a therapist/nurse rarely has the chance to hear. We get so busy telling patients how to deal with x, y and z, but our eyes are blurred by the science of it all most of the time.

You did it through truth, Through your humor, humility and determination to tell your story. One that most deservedly needs to be shared.

I will advocate to have you share your story. I appreciate your determination, diligence and dedication.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER REHABILITATION HOSPITAL