“I love talking about my business and showing what people with differing abilities can do,” said John Cronin, co-founder and Chief Happiness Officer at John’s Crazy Socks. John and his partner and father, Mark X. Cronin, are sought after public speakers and their speaking engagements have taken them across the United States. So far, they have spoken in twenty-six states, and John says, “We’re just getting started.”
“In two weeks, we fly to Phoenix for three speaking engagements: the State Conference for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), parents, staff, and self-advocates for GiGi’s Playhouse and the Down Syndrome Network of Phoenix. That will make state twenty-seven for me,” said John.
The Love of Travel
“I love to travel, to go to new places. I keep a list of states I have visited (thirty-nine) and how many states I have had a speaking engagement (twenty-six). I want to catch up to my Dad because he has visited 48 states and only has to travel to Hawaii and Alaska to hit all fifty states.“
“John is a great travel partner,” said Mark. “He is organized, relaxed and nothing upsets him. He is so excited to visit every new place.”
Inspiration, Inclusion, and Impact
In their keynote speeches and other presentations, John and Mark bring inspiration, encourage inclusion, and make an impact. “We share John’s story of confronting challenges to find success and make a difference,” said Mark. “We share how our business, John’s Crazy Socks, makes a difference for our colleagues, our customers, and our community. And we demonstrate that hiring people with differing abilities is not altruism, but good business.”
“I love our speaking engagements,” said John, “Our audiences love them too. Some people cry. Everyone laughs and they give us a standing ovation when we finish. It is so much fun.”
Keynote and Event Speakers
You can have John and Mark speak to your organization or school. They share their entrepreneurial story of how a young man with Down syndrome together with his father created what is today the world’s largest sock store with a mission to spread happiness. Their speaking engagements bring laughter, tears and inspire people to see what is possible for each of us to achieve. They have spoken in person at events across Canada, the United States and Mexico and virtually at events around the world. They have spoken at events for Microsoft, EY, Bank of America, the Special Olympics, and the National Down Syndrome Society, among others as well as dozens of colleges and universities.
About John’s Crazy Socks
John’s Crazy Socks was inspired by John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, and his love of colorful and fun socks—what he calls his “crazy socks.” He and his father, Mark X. Cronin, started the company as a social enterprise with a mission of Spreading Happiness™. With more than 4,000 socks, John’s Crazy Socks is now the world’s largest sock store. More than half their employees have a differing ability, and their Giving Back program has raised over $635,000 for charity partners like the Special Olympics, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Autism Society of America. Most of all, they are Spreading Happiness™.
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