John Vachalek

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I believe we should all “take a step back” and create a different lens through which to view the world. When constant change and evolution is the norm, this lens allows us to challenge the status quo and create fresh, innovative, relevant approaches to build success. This success allows us to make a difference in the world and this relevance is what drives me.

John’s Strengths

Achiever – I have a great deal of stamina and work hard. I take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.

Futuristic – I am inspired by the future and what it could be. Through the sharing of my visions, I actively inspire others

Strategic  – I am quickly able to create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, I am able to quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

Background & Current Responsibilities

In 1994, shortly after the creation and standardization of the protocols and software which allowed the World Wide Web to become relevant, I founded Webolutions.

As a former investment adviser and portfolio manager with firms like Merrill Lynch, I’d written a planning book to help document all the critical financial information which is normally maintained by a sole person in a household. As I went to market with this book, I paid someone $5,000 to create a website for me. The service was poor, the communication was atrocious and the marketing was non-existent. So, I began taking .html classes at night (back then, there was no website building software available) and learning how to market online. As I mentioned to people what I was doing , I found huge demand for these skills. This is still true today.  Our clients appreciate our high level of service, great communication and our vast marketing skills.

As CEO of Webolutions my current responsibilities include:

  • Strategic Planning and Implementation of Our Client’s Marketing Plans
  • Continuously Improving the Webolutions Client Experience
  • Looking Ahead to Ensure We Are As Relevant in Five Years As We Are Today
  • Creating a Culture of Engagement, Leadership, Success, Fulfillment and Pride
  • Helping Others Succeed (our clients, our team, and our community)

John’s Other Passions

My twin boys were born in May of 2002. They are amazing.  I learn from them each and every day about keeping things simple, fresh ways to see the world, and love.

Miracles can only happen to those who believe in them. The more you believe and watch, they more they will happen to you – John Vachalek

I also enjoy and collect wine, I cook, and I love to study great business leader biographies.

Career History

In the summer, when I was thirteen years old, I worked in an ice house loading bags of ice on to trucks.  I worked 8 hours a day and was paid $2/hr cash.  This is when I learned the joy and value of hard work. My allowance for household chores was just 25 cents a week.  So at the age of thirteen, $80 cash each week was a fortune to me.

When I turned 16, I received my driver’s license that same day and secured a job in sales working at Thom Mcan Shoes in the local mall. This really helped me begin to learn about people, how they shop, to what they pay attention, and how they make purchasing decisions.

I had numerous other jobs in my teens and early 20s – internships at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft doing accounting, waiting tables, working as a cook in restaurant, clerking at a law firm, managing an on-campus Kinko’s, Financial Planning & insurance sales, etc…
Upon my college graduation, I accepted a position with Merrill Lynch as Account Executive. I believed that my role was to help people make the right financial investments in order to meet their financial goals.  What I didn’t understand was that this was far less important to main goal of a new Account Executive, to secure assets under management. Making money meant conducting transactions (buying and selling things), not helping people achieve their goals. I eventually learned how to balance this.  I received my Series 6, 63, 7 and even my Series 24 licenses. During this part of my career I worked at a couple of different firms and I learned a lot of lessons in the way the world works including:

  • how greed (not good!) can inspire people
  • how to read a balance sheet and the numbers that are most important to running a successful company
  • more about how people make purchasing decisions
  • key company attributes that help them succeed regardless of the industry
  • that the masses are normally wrong and that being a follower can never result in great success. Success requires always thinking differently

A month after I turned 30, I started Webolutions

Education

BSBA Finance – University of Missouri

Community Involvement

2009 to Present – Founder & Presenter of the largest Social Marketing for Business Meetup Group in the Western United States (over 1300 members) – meetup.com/socialmarketing

2008 to Present – Founder  of the Denver Executive Leadership Council (over 70 of Denver’s top business leaders)

2005 to Present – South Metro Small Business Development Center Advisory Board
2004 to Present – Volunteer SCORE Marketing Workshop Presenter
SCORE (Senior Corps of Retired Executives)
2007 South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board
2002 to 2008 – South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
2005 to 2008 – State of Colorado’s Branding Team
2006 – Governor Owens’ Trade Mission to South America
2006 – South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of The Year
2005 to 2007  Board of Directors Emily Griffith Center For Children Board Member
2002 to 2004  Colorado Institute of Art Interactive Media Curriculum Advisory Board
1999 – Cherry Creek Arts Festival Steering Committee

Selected Awards and Achievements

2002 thru 2013 – Denver’s Largest Web Development Companies (by DBJ)
2005 thru 2012 – Nominations & Recognition as Denver’s #1 Best Places to Work (by DBJ)
the DBJ stopped conducting this recognition program in 2012
2011 – South Metro Small Business Development Center – Community Partner of the Year
2006 – South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of The Year
2004 – 40 Under 40 DBJ Award

Fun Facts about John

I’ve sat next to Ronald Reagan in church (in Bel Air of course)
I am somewhat ambidextrous (bat and golf lefty, write right-handed, many things both)
I was on TV in fifth grade for juggling bowling pins
I sang and danced in a traveling musical performance group in High School
I dislike driving, maps and directions, etc… (Can’t wait until transporters are a reality :) )