John Hemken is the President of Hemken Enterprises, LLC. He provides strategic counsel tobusinesses, basedon more than
35 years of experience and senior leadership. His “10,000 hours of expertise” are best leveraged in business model innovation,
whereby constraint(s) are identified and broken by maximizing innovative solutions within a highly effective leadership culture.
Hemken remains affiliated with Initative One, a privately owned consulting firm based in Green Bay, WI, as a Leadership Transformation Consultant.Since joining Initiative One in 2015 as the Strategy/Business Development Vice-President, Hemken has led the business model innovation efforts that have resulted in a unique, non-traditional consulting business model. The firm now has a value stream, brand promise, strategic plan, demand creation feeder streams and business development processes to support it.
Previously, Hemken was Vice President Sales with Cary Francis Group(CFG) in Franklin, WI where he turned around the STIHL account (world’s #1 brand of outdoor power equipment). He engineered the turnaround in 18 months, increasing revenue 700% to>$2,600,000 at record margins. The key business model innovation was creating a retail branding platform that could leverage STIHL’s 8000+ independent servicing dealers in a way that created a significant additional revenue stream for the dealers.
Overall Hemken has accumulated many years of entrepreneurial innovation and leadershipexperience in the corporate world (P&G), non-profit world (Executive Pastor for Sherwood Church) while also founding and owning his own business.
Hemken graduated fromIowa State Universityin 1981, majoring in Chemical Engineering. John, and his wife Kathleen, have been married for 32 years and have five grown children& three grandchildren. John’s outside interests include antique car restoration, helping his kids with their fixer upper homes, finishing one marathon a year and serving as the volunteer leader of the Prayer Ministry at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, WI. He has been active with The Executive Committee since 2005 (Vistage nationally)