ABOUT JOHN

ABOUT JOHN

I am not a Parkinson’s speaker, I am an Inspirational Speaker who just so happens to have had Parkinson’s for over 15 years.

John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s over 15 years ago, and since then he has been educating, motivating and inspiring businesses, non for profit as well as individuals with or without chronic illnesses perform their best.

Then, life or God or my higher power, whatever one would want to call, the force in the universe that may not direct one’s every movement, but intervenes in one’s life, threw a curve ball at John. At 41 years old, John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

John un-expectantly found himself faced with finding success as a Person with Parkinson’s after being diagnosed with PD. John reinvented himself as an internationally-recognized inspirational speaker utilizing a mixture of reclaiming a positive perspective, a healthier diet, daily exercise (boxing training, core fitness, and hot yoga), maintaining a sense of humor, uncovering your purpose and having faith in battling any chronic illness including Parkinson’s. His topics related to healthcare audiences range from “Improving Your Quality of Life – How to live the highest quality of life for as long as possible with (or without) a chronic illness” to “How professional caregivers are RTBDA – Rarely Thanked But Definitely Appreciated” to “So you have just been diagnosed with a chronic illness … what are the six things you need to do FIRST.”

What was he being directed to? One didn’t have to hit John over the head for him to wake up to his new “normal” or reality. He needed to adjust his lifestyle and be inspired with his condition and that gave birth to a motivation and inspirational speaker.

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

“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