Over his career, David De John the founder of OpportunityTrends.Com has had an unprecedented 7 businesses that he created and launched listed in Entrepreneur Magazines coveted Franchise and Business Opportunities annual Start Ups issue over 10 years. He has been interviewed by the:
Wall Street Journal
Direct Selling News
Small Business Opportunity Magazine
The Robb Report
Magazine and Publishing Industry
I negotiated a contract with United Airlines to launch and publish a new Golf magazine to be placed on over 140,000 of their flights per issue. Making it the third largest read golf magazine in the world with its very first issue. This was done with no prior writing or publishing experience and only golfing 5 times in my life.
Created an unprecedented high speed visual motion analysis system that recorded from 4 cameras simultaneously. Instead of marketing for sales, I offered the equipment as a business opportunity, and it quickly got the attention of Small Business Opportunity Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine. Entrepreneur Magazine listed it in their annual Franchise and Business Opportunities Start Up's special issue. The system was used by multiple Universities (including Notre Dame), High Schools, Little Leagues, PGA Instructors (including a National PGA Instructor of the Year) and more.
Negotiated and created relationships to launch the first licensed NASCAR online store without having an actual brick and mortar storefront. This provided me with a major advantage over the retail stores in multiple ways. Not only did I have no overhead (rent, employees, etc.) I was able to have the weekly new products posted on the website first thing Monday morning after Sunday’s race before most stores even opened and looked at the new product listings.
I launched an online store with over 1 Million products and hundreds of brand name manufacturers. I took a very unique approach at the time by separating product categories into individual stores. I then sold turn key drop ship websites by category as a business opportunity.
Took a struggling golf putter company and strategically developed it into one of the most well-known and prestigious companies in the industry. Using a strategic and unprecedented move of doubling the selling price of the golf putters to separate it from the competition and using creative branding techniques, it was quickly viewed as one of the most prestigious golf companies in the world and written about by every major golf magazine in the country.
While only golfing five times in my life, I identified the need for a new golf product. Using no advertising budget (to prove it could be done) Before launching the product, I presented it to golf industry experts and magazines. It immediately received the coveted “Top Ten Most Innovative and Beneficial Products in the Golf Industry” award given by the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America, beating out some of the golf industries largest and most established companies before selling the first product.
Received a patent on an unprecedented automobile emission reduction device lowering carbon emission from vehicles by over 99% at idle and 30% under driving conditions (as tested by an EPA approved emission testing facility) I also received a letter of recognition from the state Lt. Governor and was asked to be part of the state's Biofuels Working Group.
Gained incredible exposure for a Chicago area Counseling Center by developing a very unique approach to offering their services. I negotiated the usage of a commercial Boeing 737 at no charge to conduct an onboard Fear of Flying program. Media exposure with major newspapers and other outlets was secured at no charge. What makes this so incredible (besides getting it all done at no charge) was done after the heightened airport security guidelines were implemented after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
Created a national monthly fee-based membership program targeting senior adults, providing valuable information, benefits and data. Membership grew into the thousands within a few months.
Internet Phone Service
During the Internet’s infancy (dial up) I was brought on as a consultant for a struggling
Internet Service Provider (ISP) that had prematurely expanded to major markets around the country without the client base to support it. I quickly realized a potential solution to offer to rent the ISP equipment to telephone companies that were trying to get into the ISP business by using a roll over, hunt feature that would forward their internet customers when their own ISP equipment was overloaded to the ISP’s equipment in other parts of the country. An unprecedented idea that created millions of dollars in profits for the ISP.
Created and produced a National Singing Contests partnering with a Christian TV and Radio Station to promote the contest. The winner received a red-carpet style experience recording at one of the most respected recording studios in Nashville.
Water Filtration Industry
Developed a highly respected Residential Water Filtration Company with offices in Illinois and Indiana. This led to me writing my first book "What's in my Water?". I was quickly viewed as the industry expert on water quality and called upon by a major Chicagoland newspaper to review the findings of the Illinois Department of Health test results on Chicago Suburban water quality issues. I have spoken to medical professionals at Medical conferences on the subject of drinking water and contaminants.
Festival and Event
Stepped in to relaunch the 30-year running Chesterton Wizard of Oz Festival after it had been retired for 2 years and then moved it from Indiana to Illinois. After discussions with Warner Brothers Studios I signed their official spokesperson as the festival’s Master of Ceremonies. I then renamed the festival the "Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival". I eventually sold the festival to a large fall festival company.
Identified an unprecedented way to enhance service and client confidence for a manufacturing company by creating and launching a cutting-edge Web-based tool which established a virtual office for the client. This allowed clients to log into a secure area of the company's computer system and track start date, product runs and all aspects of their order, which is now a common element in the industry.
Financial Services Industry
Developed and owned 12 Financial Services offices around Chicagoland with over 200 Representatives and servicing Thousands of Clients.
Fundraising Industry personally
Created an unprecedented Fundraising program by offering a residual revenue program to the organizations that provided ongoing monthly or annual revenue from the sale. It also allowed organizations with local fundraisers to immediately explode to a national fundraiser, providing considerably more revenue.
Business Sales Incentive Industry
Created and developed a unique Sales closing incentive program which immediately increased company's sales by as much as 40% without having to spend days, weeks or months improving the sales representatives presentation or closing skills.
Wrote and sold my first book to major national book retailers, such as Barnes and Noble, Borders, Crown Books and also to online sites.
I have spoken to Thousands of people at training seminars, municipal venues, public forums, and medical conferences and have been used by a major Chicagoland newspaper as an expert to review information by a state department.
I have had the pleasure of working with David De John in the past. I am very impressed with his ability to identify the best marketing approach and direction in developing and growing a business. I would recommend David to any business interested in growing to the next level.
Dr. Jim Suttie
2000 PGA National Teacher of the Year
I was amazed at the suggestions David made for developing additional revenue streams for my business. I was focused on spending more money to gain a larger percentage of the market for our bestselling services and David showed me that effort would be wasting money considering the major players my company would be going up against. His suggestion to develop new revenue streams from new services piggy backing on our existing platform is something we had never considered and within months proved to be more profitable than I ever imagined. When David first said if you want a 5% increase in business he’s not the guy, but if I want to take my business to the next level, then he is the guy, I wondered. But when he came back a week later with a proposal to accomplish just that, I could immediately see his vision.
R. M. Distributors
When David first approached our business with an idea to gain more exposure for us. It seemed impossible and so farfetched that I didn’t take it seriously. But he when he asked if he could put it together would we be interested, I said of course. A few weeks later David came back with signed agreements giving us permission to use a 737 commercial jet to conduct Fear of Flying sessions on for free. I couldn’t believe it and this was shortly after the terrorists attack on September 11th with all of the heightened security measures now in place and then got us free media exposure in the newspapers and radio talking about it. David, my hat goes off to you.
Rv. Harold Hauser Jr.
Southside Christian Counseling
I would like to thank you for your recommendations and directions for my company. Because of your help, we have experienced both growth and increases in customer retention. I have since changed the entire focus and direction of my business plan to the strategy you developed with us. Many thanks.
Certified Financial Planner
I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the growth and new customers. We have experienced growth, which can be directly attributed to your recommendations and efforts. I look forward to a prosperous future and would like to thank you again for your confidence and efforts.
RC Machining, Inc.
I've known Dave De John for a number of years. I worked closely with him while station manager of WONU radio (Dave was on our advisory committee). Dave completely redefined my idea of creativity and energy! I've never known someone with as much marketing creativity and drive as Dave De John. Dave is truly a great problem solver and knows how to recruit and organize the right people to get the job done. He is one of a kind.
Voice Over Professional and Instructor
I would like to thank you again, for your time and direction in helping me develop my business. I have continued to follow the plan you set up for me and the results are beyond what I expected. I was really surprised and impressed by your strategies on getting free marketing, exposure and credibility for my business. I would encourage anyone interested in starting or growing their business to work with you.
Dave Dejohn has been a strong Christian over the many years I have known him! He is a gifted man with many skills and will contribute greatly to those who can find where he is most needed and will be profitable to that organization! His character is above reproach and he is totally trustworthy!
Pastor Phillip Epprson
After reading Dave's book I seen the great potential for use as a great home Bible study on the powerful subject of prayer Jesus warned in the last days would the Son of Man find faith in the earth, the apostle Jude said in the 20th verse to build up faith...."pray in the holy ghost" if we ever needed encouragement to pray it's today! Dave's book does just that!
Pastor Dieter Skowron,
Abundant Life Tabernacle Church'
As principal of Landmark Christian Academy I am interested in investing in people. To pour resources into things is always a risk, but to pour into people’s lives is a guaranteed return. As an effective way to enhance your ministry and to bring encouragement, motivation, and maturity to the body of Christ, I highly recommend you prayerfully consider scheduling David De John to minister to your congregation. Dave is a successful businessman, father of two daughters, and a committed Christian. David is a very effective communicator and motivator. He is especially relevant for men’s groups and teens. Dave’s wisdom and integrity coupled with his strong Christian testimony challenges us to move beyond fantasy to reality in the pursuit of our God given calling. Dave is a man of action and will do more than challenge your body of believers, but will move them to a new level of Christian faith and action.
Our event with Dave DeJohn was fabulous! He listens to the details regarding the needs of your group and then tailors each program to those needs. The audience was mesmerized by stories he told. Dave had a perfect mixture of entertainment and message. From the youngest to the oldest, Dave gives a coherent message.
Dean M. Brown
Dean of Students, FCA
All-American University of Notre Dame 1988 National Football Champion, Indianapolis Colts NFL Player
David’s testimony and experience is unmatched by anyone I have met. His ability to get messages across to people was incredible. He used examples that were relative to today that people were able to relate to and help change their mindset. I really liked the fact that the approach he took to helping people identify God’s calling and how to get started was anchored in God’s word and prayer.
Pastor Jim Crotty
Western Springs Church
I have known David for over 40 years and have worked for him in a few of his companies. I could immediately relate to David’s implementation of the business training principles he used, because they were founded on Scriptures. David has always said, people are people and the same principles that help people succeed in business should be the exact same principles you use to grow in your relationship with God, because they are both based on the Bible, and he is right.
First Baptist Church
Dave De John’s life story is ear marked by God’s grace and mercy. Through hearing Dave’s testimony of how God took him on a journey, you will be challenged and inspired to trust God in ways you never thought before. I would encourage everyone to take the time and listen to his engaging story. You will not be disappointed.
Lead Pastor, Second Place Church
For more information contact David at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708-321-4300
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