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From SVP of a $270B Finance Giant to First-Time Author of "The Optimizer" (Meet John Saunders)

From SVP of a $270B Finance Giant to First-Time Author of "The Optimizer" (Meet John Saunders)

If you’re interested in how the former SVP of a $270+ billion firm like OppenheimerFunds (acquired by Invesco in 2019) climbed the corporate ranks, developed life-long relationships with many of his employees and high net-worth clients, and ran successful sales teams, then this interview is for you!

Plus, if you’re looking to write a book of your own, start a coaching or consulting business, and/or simply want to optimize your day-to-day work, we discuss that as well.

Click below to watch our interview with John Saunders, founder of Forward Advisory Solutions and author of The Optimizer.

👉 You can also listen to the audio only at the top of this article. 👈

John Saunders spent more than two decades as a Wall Street Senior Vice President, sales team leader, and award-winning sales executive.

He followed his passion for helping others grow and founded a coaching and consulting company, Forward Advisory Solutions.

Saunders is a member of Georgetown McDonough’s MBA AlumniAdvisory Council, an active angel investor and a formal Executive MBA mentor.

He's also the author of The Optimizer: Building and Leading A Team of Serial Innovators.

This interview is part of our new “Super-Connector Secrets” series where we introduce you to diverse entrepreneurs and subject matter experts.

Reach out and connect with these folks, and if you’d like to hear more of these conversations while also learning my top tips on relationship and community-building, order a copy of How To Build A World Class Network In Record Time.

Jared Kleinert is the founder of Meeting of the Minds (, as well as a TED speaker, 2x award-winning author, and USA Today's "Most Connected Millennial".

Meeting of the Minds curates "super-connectors" and subject matter experts as invite-only attendees to 3 day summits in places like Napa Valley, Bermuda, and elsewhere, as well as “deep dives” such as this Marketing and Biz Dev strategy & implementation workshop. Members of the MOTM network include CEOs of 7, 8, and 9-figure businesses, creators of globally-recognized brands and social movements, New York Times bestselling authors, founders of pre-IPO tech unicorns, c-suite execs from Fortune 500 companies, and others.

Jared's career began at 15 years old when he started his first company, and took off at 16 while working as the first intern, and then one of the first 10 employees, for an enterprise SaaS company called 15Five, which today has raised over $40M and has almost 2000 forward-thinking companies as monthly recurring clients.

Later, Jared would become a delegate to President Obama's 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Malaysia, write multiple books including the "#1 Entrepreneurship Book of 2015", and speak at TED@IBM the day before he turned 20. 

As a highly-sought after keynote speaker and consultant, Jared’s clients range from organizations like Facebook, Samsung, Bacardi, Estee Lauder, IBM, Cornell, Berkeley, AdAge, and the National Speakers Association. His insights on entrepreneurship, networking, marketing, and business development have been featured in Forbes, TIME, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, NPR, Entrepreneur, Mashable, Fox Business and more.

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