Jeff graduated from Loughborough in 1965 with a degree in Physical Education. Here Jeff shares his expansive career journey and reflects on his time at University.
I was a member of the Loughborough Athletics team and after graduating from Loughborough College in 1964, I moved to Miami where I was granted an assistantship at Western Kentucky University in the US, following on from John Cooper and Stuart Storey.
I graduated with an MA degree in Education and taught at Florida Atlantic University, coaching soccer and swimming while teaching Education. At this time, I also played with the pro soccer team in Miami.
A career in sales with Johnson and Johnson followed my retirement from teaching and 20 years later, after becoming a US citizen, I was the Worldwide Marketing Director responsible for 100 countries. I got the opportunity to travel around, and even lived in Brazil with my wife.
I moved onto a new role as President and CEO of the second largest building materials corporation in the USA. Within two years, I joined a start-up company as Senior Vice President, International, which today is the largest furniture retail company in the US. At the time, I was visiting Japan on a regular basis as well as managing 20 other countries.
After 18 years I returned and set up my own company, developing start-up businesses around the world.
I wrote a best-selling book “Navigating the Healthcare Maze” which is available on Amazon. This book provided great exposure which lead to me appearing numerous times on US TV programmes.
Today, besides my business, I am an Associate Dean in the School of Business online, teaching MBA.
I have been awarded two US President’s awards for Excellence in Exporting, and I am a founding member of the William Gates Senior Initiative for Global Development, working on entrepreneurship in Africa.
The success I have experienced and continue to experience in business is a result of the competitive spirit I developed playing sport. It also taught me respect which I applied in my global business, and everyday life as a US citizen. I have been very blessed so far. There are still lots of things I want to do and feel too motivated to even consider retiring.
Loughborough completely shaped my personality, competitiveness, inner motivation as an athlete and externally as a team player. The years at Loughborough were the most outstanding, thanks to all my friends who attended at the time. It has made me always very proud of being a part of such an illustrious group.
The US has given me so many opportunities. I still run and have competed two marathons. I can still get into my Athletics team sweat suit!
I still miss Loughborough and the UK, but I am settled here in the US. I carry fond memories of Loughborough and keep in contact with my friends. Good old Somerton Hall.
Loughborough is in my heart and soul.