Life, Careers & Entrepreneurship

Posted by Admin Admin on Thursday, March 16, 2017 Under: Careers
It is interesting to me how age and perspective that comes with it shapes my view of Life, Careers and Entrepreneurship. Please share your feedback with me on the few slides and diagrams that I hope are helpful to friends who may read this post.  

In my twenties I had a narrow view of each when it would have benefited me most to have had a broad view. My first job in the furniture business I worked in was really not about furniture, but about learning about the scope and complexity of operating a manufacturing business.  I learned about the value and limits of branding (Sealy) and the value of distribution and credit.  To this day, I still think that for many retail businesses the reality is you can sell anything you can finance.  

In my thirties, I broadened my view and consider how to apply my knowledge, relationship and insights to learned adjacent markets.  I moved from affinity marketing of credit cards to building College Publisher - the leading technology platform for college and university newspapers and to building a pioneering affinity student lending business.  

In my forties, my career kept expanding and saw the problems faced by student loans and the high cost of college as and opportunity to create another adjacent business (GradGuard) focusing on collegiate insurance programs. The technology we used for the collegiate business became useful to building another adjacent business to fulfill the insurance needs of affinity groups and their members (MyLifeProtected).

So I look forward to my next decade and seeing how my observations of the past 4 decades may change.


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About Me

John Fees John Fees is an entrepreneur, strategic marketing executive and business leader in the fields of affinity, collegiate and partnership marketing. During the course of his career, John has founded and led successful companies specializing in strategic marketing and media, affinity, partnership marketing and financial services. Currently, he serves as the co-founder & managing director of NGI Group. NGI Group is a large shareholder in portfolio companies including GradGuard, MassDrive & MyLifeProtected.