Jan entered the US Army at age 17, and spent six years in Special Forces as a medic and “A” team executive officer and three years as a military intelligence officer. He has over 25 years of experience in leadership roles in marketing, sales, business development, information technology, training, product management and government affairs. He is the author of The Littlest Green Beret: On Self-Reliant Leadership where half the proceeds go to the Special Operations Warrior and Green Beret Foundations.
Jan is the Chief Commercial Officer at 3t Systems, a Denver-based IT services firm where his focus is on forging business alliances, and developing new go-to-market strategies. He is also a founder and the managing partner of the J3 Leadership Group, LLC – a leadership development and performance-consulting firm. Jan specializes in helping leaders develop self-reliance to create powerful futures.
He is also a noted blogger on the subject of leadership and change, and as a professional business speaker, he has presented at many prestigious associations in the U.S. and Europe. Training and education have been the hallmark of Jan’s career, and the development of others is where he has derived the most fulfillment and satisfaction from various professional roles. Jan is a charter facilitator and coach for the Men’s Leadership Institute in Colorado.
As an adjunct instructor at the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado, he teaches “Leadership in New Ventures” for MBA students and Doctor of Nursing Practice candidates and “Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland” each summer in Ireland. He serves as the Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Visiting Nurse Association of Colorado, and as a Senior Advisory Council Member for the Colorado ESGR (a Department of Defense volunteer program).
Jan holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix, where his research focused on the effects of long-distance learning on job performance. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida, and was a Distinguished Military Graduate. Jan’s broad leadership experience makes him a valued Senior Instructor on the thoughtLEADERS team.
He’s a dual U.S. and Irish citizen and his free time is spent taking advantage of the trails in the Colorado mountains.