John Labbe is a graduate of Bates College and has a Masters of Science in Education from S.U.N.Y. College at Buffalo. In addition, he has done additional graduate study in both linguistics and adult education at IIT, DePaul University, and National Louis University. In his career as a training developer, John has had to learn many different jobs: from changing tires on a Ferrari, to selling mortgages, to programming computerized switches for paper mills, and blending the motor oil for your car. This practical experience, coupled with his training in education, gives John a unique perspective on the challenges of learning on the job.
In his work developing custom training, John has created programs for many different companies, including these: Big O Tires, Midas Internationl, Tire Kingdom, Sears, Andrew Corporation, Centex Home Equity, Lemstone Books, Nalco, Snap-on Tools, Westlake Financial Services, Valvoline, and McDonald’s.
In the classroom, John has taught a number of subjects related to language and communication, including Business Writing, American Literature, and Rhetoric and Composition. He has taught at every level from fourth grade to graduate school, and has the stories to show for it.
John has been an active member of Toastmasters for 11 years and has earned the organization’s highest distinction: Distinguished Toastmaster. He lives in Arlington Heights, IL where he plays golf, rides his bike, and builds furniture. He admits that he is no threat whatsoever to Tiger Woods or Lance Armstrong and he still has all ten fingers.