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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What People Are Saying

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Named 2015 Best Youth Motivational Speaker in Washington, DC by

Alignable Best Small Business Storyteller 2019
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Group of People

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

"...very engaging and has a fabulous sense of humor that made our retreat fun." - Taylor C.

"Thank you for the amazing, engaging and interactive guest lecture." - Trinity College DC

"There was a lot of energy and buzz after the program." - Treasury Executive Institute

"Thank you again for a wonderful and lively workshop." - Howard University

"I had the pleasure of enjoying John's work as he served as emcee of the recent memorial service for Peter Tork (of the Monkees and Shoe Suede Blues). That's not an easy gig, but John effortlessly guided the events of the day with a deft hand, navigating the emotions and flow of such an event. His material and delivery were appropriately gentle, sincere, funny, but always engaging. He demonstrated a real skill at both commanding the room and then smoothly receding into the background, as needed. He also happened to remain unflappable and employed quick-witted ad lib skills when faced with some minor technical glitches. Well-prepared, personable and professional, John would be a great addition to any event."

-- Christine Carlson Wolfe, ZILCH: A Monkees Podcast

“John did a great job at our 2016 we brought John back for our 2017 Conference by audience demand.”  - Virginia CAPA

"Thank you for igniting that motivating spark in me again!"  - JHMU

"We're all energized!" - North American Rail Solutions

"All of my graduate students left class with a 'high-boost of energy' and a 'can-do spirit' after listening to one of John's engaging, witty and motivating speeches." - National Defense University

"John did a great job keeping attendees engaged, laughing AND made them think in the process. Exactly what we wanted!" – Mid-Atlantic Teleheath Resource Summit


Two Men

"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

"If you are looking for a quality speaker for your event, John Verrico is highly recommended!"
- Lauren M.

"Insightful, fun and thought-provoking." - Treasury Executive Institute

"I didn't take notes because I didn't want to be distracted...but I remembered everything." - T. B.

"Our group needs more of this ... The humor fits right into our company meetings." - KURE Pain Management

"I was supposed to leave and take a call, but I stayed because I wanted to hear the rest of what John had to say."  - IBEW 4th District

"We had fun, we gained valuable insight, and we thank John for “relighting our fire.'”
- U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services OLR

"Thought-provoking and inspirational...combined with a wonderful sense of humor." - United Nations Development Programme 

"It doesn’t take long to realize that John is a great storyteller, plain and simple ... He has a way of entertaining while still delivering sound, practical business knowledge." – Glen Thomas, Memphis International Airport

People with Arms Outstretched

"John was great to work with. He interacted with the audience, and his message was spot on with the program outlined for our member's meeting. I would highly recommend John and believe his message brings great value to any organization facing change in today's fast paced and demanding environment. Thank you, John, for a great presentation!"

 -- Tim Bonette, Greater Washington Employee Relocation Council

Two Women at a Table

"Thank you for coming in and blowing everyone away!"  - D.C. Housing Authority

"...funny, refreshing and motivating. He really energized the room!"  - Salisbury Management

"John was everything we were looking for in a motivational speaker. "  - IBEW Benefits Conference

"...very funny!"  - eGlobal Tech

"That was epic!"  - - NCTC

"A very articulate, entertaining, and substantive speaker.” – ASMII

John at Party
"I thought John was amazing and very funny. My guests loved him as well. I booked John for a birthday party. I wanted him to be funny and give a positive word to carry on throughout life for all the ages that would be attending... John gave so much more! I would recommend John as a speaker for any type of will be happy you did. He will meet with you first to make sure he is completely sure of what you would like him to speak on, then he comes out and gives you 150%! Thank you did a fantastic job!"

-- Elaine R.

"I scheduled John's presentation after lunch to help keep our group energized. He did an amazing job and was able to keep everyone engaged. In addition to keeping the group entertained, he was able to make connections between the activities he was doing and the motivational message he was delivering. Everyone enjoyed it greatly."

-- Sheila Warner, Somerset County Local Management Board

John Leading Activity


"John's humor and stories really supported the lessons that he wanted to teach. I am still laughing ... I am looking forward to the next time I have the opportunity to hear John speak."

-- Chip Souser, Hewlett Packard