John E. Anderson

Author of the Smart Exit™ Steer Your Business to Success Program

John E. Anderson has founded five companies, two of which he sold. He was born in Syracuse, New York. John earned an MS in management from Antioch University, Seattle in 2005. In 1969 John earned a BA in philosophy from Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, New Jersey. He graduated from Monmouth College in 1967 with an AA in English.


Newspaper/Trade Paper Editor

After six months reporting and editing at weekly papers (the Newark Record and Bellevue Times) John was a staff writer at daily Passaic-Clifton Herald News while attending Bloomfield College. Upon graduation, John became a writer and editor at Fairchild Publishing, New York, at the daily trade paper – “Home Furnishings Daily” from 1969 to 1971. Between 1969 and 1972, John completed a full curriculum of philosophy and anthropology graduate courses at the Graduate Faculty of Social and Political Science, New School For Social Research, studying with philosophers Hannah Arendt, Hans Jonas, Aaron Gurvitch and the anthropologist Stanley Diamond.

Founding & Selling Ventures

John resigned from Fairchild, traveled and then with a friend, Steven Finkelstein, founded and operated Unison Natural Foods in Middletown, New York during 1971 and 1972. He later worked with his family in their Anderson Travel Agency. In 1976, John founded America Publishing Company in Florida, specializing in tourism development.

During the following 10 years, he produced 100+ color brochures, began a monthly cultural magazine “Space Coast News” and a wholesale inbound tour operation, Sunny Tours. Sunny Tours was a reception tour operator working with Amtrak and 100-passenger ultra-yachts on the Intercoastal Waterway stopping at the Kennedy Space Center. John marketed the first cruise ship from Port Canaveral and he was awarded contracts to operate a Florida Greyhound Bus Station and Western Union Agency. John sold two businesses during this time, the Space Coast News and the Western Union Agency.

Between 1986 and 1989, John studied accounting and finance, passed the H&R Block Tax Course, and health/life insurance license examinations. He worked with an insurance agency in Florida and wrote business plans for clients’ marketing, finance and retirement. Between 1989 and 2001, John moved to Oregon, operated an art gallery and published greeting card lines for 12+ artists which he marketed with the gift lines of many artisans to 1,000 independent retail stores coast-to-coast.

International Consulting Group & Master’s Degree

From 2001 to 2005, John worked for an international management consulting firm appraising hundreds of businesses and earning a Master of Science degree in management from Antioch University in Seattle with two professional certifications in change management. John founded Be Cause Business Resources in 2003 from the study of coaching and large system facilitation.

John has been a professional member of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) since 2007, and served as membership chair on the Oregon – SW Washington board for three years. He received national recognition from IMC for doubling chapter membership. In 2016, he was elected chapter president by acclamation.

John is an adjunct professor that Washington State University’s Carson School of Business, teaching. The course is a foundation program on improving quality, productivity and business systems for greater profitability and organizational value. This course adds to two-years of experience as a mentor to students and local businesses working together in the WSU Business Growth Mentor & Analysis Program.

He’s been a member of Toastmasters International Early Words club in Longview, Washington since 2009. He served as public relations officer in 2014 – 2015 for Oregon and SW Washington, achieving the highest honor of Distinguished Toastmaster in 2015. At Early Words, he’s a past president and has held various vice president roles. John also facilitated the monthly non-profit speakers’ series at the Thursday Member Focus, Vancouver, since 2013. John works with trade associations to assist member businesses. He developed a broad range of services for Be Cause Business clients in Oregon, Washington, California, and other states with a focus on organization optimization and staff succession with leadership transition and exit.


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