John Hartman didn’t start playing tennis until the end of college. The quarter credit class he took developed into a life long love. How does this translate to his successful career? John understands a good backhand can win a game, but an arsenal of skills will win a match. He is now the Leadership and Management Skills Development Coach at CEOtoCEO, and also its Chairman.
A Wisconsin-Madison transplant, he moved to Oregon in ’79. When his job transferred him to Seattle, John moved up the coast. He has been here nearly 25 years; raised two children with his wife, Shelley Rotondo; and continued working on his tennis game.
John works with CEOs and top business executives. He is well known in the Seattle Area for running the CEOtoCEO breakfasts held at the Harbor Club.
CEOtoCEO breakfasts were established in the early 2000’s as an interactive leadership forum for CEOs and business owners. In 2006, John became involved in the planning and facilitating of the CEOtoCEO events. He recognized the talent and power being gathered in the same room and wanted to be part of it. “Getting an appointment with a business leader is difficult, especially if they don’t know who you are. I saw [the breakfasts] as an opportunity to meet executives of this level,” he said. Eventually John took over the breakfasts. The events continue to focus on generating ideas, providing clarity, and uncovering business solutions.
The CEOtoCEO concept has expanded. It is now a Talent Management consultancy for CEOs and business owners. John helps clients create a vision for their organization, build a plan to implement it, and develop a strategy to motivate their employees toward a shared goal.
John understands you’re never finished honing your skills and developing your talent. After all, he’s still working on his tennis game - when his time permits.