John has more than 40 years experience in corporate America working with Fortune 50 companies and a Big Four accounting firm. His career has spanned six industries, including aerospace and defense, automotive, professional sports, insurance, transportation and professional services. As a senior HR executive John spent much of his career providing strategic and tactical advice and counsel to C-Level executives across the organizational spectrum, including corporate board members. His career has required him to work effectively across cultures which led to his travel and work throughout Europe and Asia Pacific, including the People’s Republic of China.
Mr. Honor is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) of the International Coach Federation (ICF) with more than 900 leadership and executive coaching hours. He is an active member of the ICF and its Washington, D.C. and Raleigh, N.C. affiliates. He is also certified by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) to administer and interpret its suite of assessment tools, including Executive Dimensions, Benchmarks, Prospector, 360 By Design, Skillscope, and Keys to Creativity. This certification provides him full access to CCL’s research, developmental tools and technical support. In addition, Mr. Honor is certified by the Management Research Group (MRG) in its Strategic Leadership Development (SLD), multi-component assessment process and Leadership Effectiveness Analysis (LEA) model; has worked with the Leadership Versatility Index (LVI); is a Cook Ross, Inc. certified and licensed Unconscious Bias Educator; and holds a JST Coaching, LLC, ICF certified Certificate in Coaching Teens & College Students with ADHD.
John received his undergraduate degree in Sociology and Political Science from North Carolina Central University, and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Behavior from The Austin Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford.
He is a United States Marine Corps veteran, having served a tour of duty in Vietnam. He and his wife, Vivian, have three adult children and one grandson.
In His Own Words
What do you do (in 5 words or fewer)?
Help others actualize their possibilities
What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is my children and grandchildren not being able to live out the fullness of their lives, allowing them the opportunity of leave the world a better place than the world into which they were born.
What gives you hope?
Humankind and Kind Humans
What song gets stuck in your head most often?
Sam Cook’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”
Tell me about the happiest you’ve ever been.
The happiest I’ve ever been was when the wheels of the military leased Braniff International Airways flight touched down on the runway at Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California upon my return from Vietnam, and after deplaning the Marine Corps Band playing of the National Anthem.
What’s the best advice you ever got?
The best advice I ever received was, “In whatever you do, always do your very best, worthy of your personal signature.”
When your life is over, what would you like people to say about you?
When my life is over I over would like for people to celebrate my relationship with them as having enriched their lives in some significant way.