About John Stepleton

John is the epitome of entrepreneur.  His passion for business, his thirst for knowledge and his desire for making things better is at the core of who John is.  At the age of 27, without any money or experience, John did what true entrepreneurs do – he boot-strapped a start-up business.  He ended up turning the “boot-strap” research firm into a three time Inc. 500 Growth Company growing the business into a 500 employee firm.

John’s success in business is a direct result of his passion for understanding and his obsession with measuring and assessing.  Over the years John’s interest in benchmarking and his involvement in researching best practices have led to a depth of knowledge as to what makes organizations tick that’s unseen.  

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My Entrepreneurial Journey

Founded Research Data Design, Inc.

My first start-up, a market research company specializing in data collection services.

Inc. 500 Fastest Growing List - #152

My first of three appearances on the  Inc. 500 Growth Company fastest growing companies in America list.

Birthing of Giants Program

Accepted into MIT's Birthing of Giants Program, an executive leadership program offered to a select group of young growth entrepreneurs. 

Jim Collins & Good to Great

My management team and I worked directly with Jim Collins, best selling author of Good to Great – Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t.  

Shingo Prize

In 2007, for our implementation of LEAN Principals in a non-manufacturing environment, I was awarded a 2007 Northwest Shingo Prize.

First Successful Business Exit

After growing the business to over $10 million in revenue, I sold the business.  It's still operating today!


I help entrepreneurs just like you, achieve your true potential by teaching you and your employees the methods I’ve found make a difference in achieving results.   

Recognition & Awards

Let's Talk!

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