John Verrico

torch·bear·er / tôrCH ber?r/ noun

1. person who leads or inspires others in working toward a valued goal.
2. person who brings enlightenment, truth, knowledge or inspiration.

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Problem-Solver, Torchbearer and Entertaining Speaker

John Verrico is a master story teller who blends humor and audience participation in his seminars and coaching sessions on topics such as motivational leadership, work-life balance, team building, customer service, presentation skills and interpersonal communication.

Based in the Washington, DC area, John has and can travel to serve clients practically anywhere.

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Who is this guy?

John Verrico is a communication professional with more than 38 years of experience in journalism, public relations, and speaking. As an under-sized youth and the victim of bullies, John found hope in classic monster movies & “B” flicks where he learned that the little guy could win. Drawing from these lessons, John combined what he learned through professional observation, formal education and first-hand experience, about how communication, leadership, motivation and resilience are deeply entwined. Today, John is an infotainer who helps empower villagers to keep their torches lit and face their monsters.

John’s humorous and interactive keynotes and workshops engage audiences as they discover helpful insights into office climate, culture, relationships & communications. John is committed to helping businesses and individuals succeed by exploring effective communication & leadership. What makes his approach different is that he doesn't use canned materials. John works with clients to tailor the key points to his audience. While John can pull from a bank of applicable stories, his natural affinity for storytelling makes every presentation unique.

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SOCOM Joint Interagency Task Force NCR, Preservation of Force & Family spring event,  Washington DC


Combined Federal Campaign, Washington, DC

Project Management Institute Washington DC Chapter Dinner, Tysons, Va.

Peter Tork: A Celebration of Life & Community, Edgewood, MD

Trinity College, Washington, DC

Cumberland County Local Emergency Planning Committee, Mechaniscburg, PA

Special Military Active Recreational Travelers 2019 National Muster, Urbana, Va.
NextGen Government Training Summit, Washington, DC
National Assoc. of Government Communicators 2019 Communication School, Washington, DC
Somerset County Local Management Board, Crisfield, MD
Joint Interagency Task Force NCR, Preservation of Force & Family, Family Fun Day, Washington DC
Regional Retreat, Philadelphia
Baltimore County Department of Aging Learning Day, Parkville, MD
DoubleDutch Story Salon, Washington, DC
2019 Virginia Recreation & Parks Society Management Conference, Suffolk Va.
Trinity College, Washington DC
North Montco Technical Career Center, Lansdale, Pa.
Greenbelt Community Animal Response Team Fundraiser, Waldorf, MD 
Pardada Pardadi Educational Society 'Gala for the Girls' Dinner Fairfax, VA  
2018 Annual PMIWDC Project Management Symposium, Vienna, VA
Konrad-Adenauer-Siftung Media Program South East Europe, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Maryland Activity Coordinators Society, McHenry, MD 
West Virginia Public Health Association 94th Annual Conference, Daniels, WV
Greater Washington Employee Relocation Council, Washington, DC
DC Superior Court Probate Division Staff Meeting, Washington, DC 
HHS Office of Minority Health 'Think Tank', Rockville, MD
National Association of Government Communicators, Ft. Myers, FL
Advanced Learning Institute, Washington, DC
Virginia CAPA Installation of Officers Meeting, Richmond, VA
Howard University College of Pharmacy, Washington, DC
South East Europe Government Communication Conference, Berlin, Germany
 Girl Scout Cadettes, Clarksburg, MD
CoHEsion Summit 2017, Baltimore, MD
Advanced Learning Institute, Arlington, VA
Trinity College, Washington, DC
 Capital Area Purchasing Association Conference, Richmond, VA
The Maven Academy, Annapolis, MD
Treasury Executive Institute , Washington, DC 
Purple Strategies Client Team Staff Retreat, Annapolis, MD
 IBEW Fourth District Progress Meeting, Cleveland, OH

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"No prior speaker has EVER received the overwhelmingly positive feedback from my staff that has been showered upon John." - International Trade Center Management Associates

"We had fun, we gained valuable insight, and we thank John for 'relighting our fire.'” - U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services OLR
"Thank you for igniting that motivating spark in me again!" - JHMU

"John got on stage and I don't remember how time flew by. All of the audience was glued to their seats." PMI-Washington DC

Named 2015 Best Youth Motivational Speaker in Washington, DC by

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Thank you for your interest. Please contact us for any questions or comments. John Verrico looks forward to hearing from you soon.

Phone Number
(240) 671-0154

Hours of Operation
9am-6pm Mon-Fri - general contact/scheduling Speak any time as needed by client/event


Service Area
Serving Clients around the Globe

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