Ever meet one of those people born to be on a stage? That’s Jon – and that’s why he left the corner office, company car, country club membership and highly successful career as a corporate Vice President to fulfill his purpose and passion to challenge others to laugh louder, perform better and Achieve More!
After that? There was no turning back. With a unique skillset, a purposeful presence, and the kind of energy that seems to transform a room – he gets audiences on their feet, and to the edge of their seats hungry for the innovative insights and game-changing solutions he shares for leaders, teammates and organizations. As a motivational speaker, event or conference emcee or business magician, he engages and energizes the crowd. He uses his amazing art of performance, inspiring stories and his unique “It’s Showtime” performance philosophy to bring home the belief and very real desire to create greater impact in what we do and with the people we do it for. It’s at this point we begin to demonstrate and achieve the sense of Significance and making a difference.
Hi, It’s Jon. I’m happy to talk anytime about your event and what we can accomplish with your participants. Call me anytime – I’m still old-fashioned and answer the phone (even in an airport).
How did he get started? Jon Petz is not a business magician who decided to turn “opening keynote speaker.” He’s a relatable “everyman” who has worked in a warehouse, flipped burgers, driven a forklift, sat in the cubicle, made cold calls, managed in corporate America, competitively grew a highly successful sales career, and managed a national sales team across 52 offices. His ability to draw on these experiences and more allow him to resonate with audience members with humor – and the human touch. With Jon, there’s no “Diva” or drama. And that? Makes him a favorite for corporate audiences, association events, event planners, and leadership teams. Bottom line? He gets people. From all backgrounds, positions, and diversities – and they get him because when they laugh, they learn more. When he connects from the heart because he’s walked a time in their ‘shoes’ – they pay attention. They can see themselves in the answers. And that? Makes all the difference.
When he’s not on the road wowing audiences and empowering others to realize significance, he is at home with the real stars of the show, his beautiful wife and daughters.
As an engagement expert and event emcee Jon is often asked to host, script and produce events and shows. This has opened doors for multiple television appearances (NBC, ABC, FOX, ESPN, CBS, The Food Network, Outdoor Channel, Lifetime) as well as being the spokesperson for several corporations.
As a comedy and corporate magician he has been the opening act or appeared with multiple nationally touring artists while performing in Sydney, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, London, Las Vegas and many more. (Ask him about those stories . . . )
Jon also walks the walk in creating significance. Moved by a moment in his own life, Jon and his wife, Stacey, created the Miracles & Magic Program, a Las Vegas-style grand-illusion, comedy and magic show each year, featuring the world’s best magical and variety entertainers. The program has a simple goal: to provide children with a life threatening illness and their families a day away from the thoughts of hospital beds, treatments and shots, and a chance to feel like a “normal” kid again, experiencing the comedy and wonderment of magic and laughter. The program has touched the lives of thousands of children AND their families at no cost to them. In addition, the event has raised over a million dollars in sponsorship, donations and public ticket sales that has been provided to families who are impacted by a child with a life threatening illness. Jon’s book Significance . . . In Simple Moments also donates its profits to this cause.