John has worked with over 300 companies at providing employee learning solutions targeted at reaching strategic business objectives. His direct experience spans healthcare, manufacturing, information technology, professional services, and state and local governments. His business initiatives encompass everything from systems modernization to change management, organizational realignment, business processes innovation, new technology adoption, and educational support systems for internal and external customers. John is passionate about corporate learning and has enjoyed the challenge of helping clients develop strategies to remove barriers to performance through the strategic application of talent development, technology, and change management tactics.
Over the span of his career, he has initiated several private-public partnerships with Universities and Colleges to enrich the services provided to corporate clients and for broader industry needs. His practical results driven approach comes from his insight into solving business challenges through the mutual application of processes improvements, applied technology and a talented workforce.
John was awarded the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award by the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association and the Duquesne University School of Business from which he has also received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration. John has consulted and led executive workshops and seminars for many Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to founding Avalon Foster, John was President of PCIQ Enterprise Learning and served as a Senior Consultant for Delta Development Group.
Specialties:Executive management and supervision, new business development, P&L responsibility, staffing, budgeting and finance, engagement management, IT project management, joint ventures and alliances, cross functional team management, e-learning technology solutions, organizational development, workforce development programs and processes, public funding attainment, economic incentives negotiation.