John and Mark X. Cronin are the father-son team out to change the world through socks. John Cronin is a young man with Down syndrome who teamed with his father, Mark X. Cronin, to bootstrap their way to a multi-million-dollar social enterprise with a mission to spread happiness. They built John’s Crazy Socks into the World’s Largest Sock Store. More than half their colleagues have a differing ability and every day, John and Mark work to show what people with differing abilities can accomplish.
John and Mark have been named EY Entrepreneurs of the Year and Father Thomas Hartman Humanitarians of the Year. They are two times TEDx Speakers and the host of The Spreading Happiness Podcast.
John and Mark have testified twice before the U.S. Congress and spoken at the United Nations. They are members of the Speakers Bureaus for the U.S. State Department and the Society of Human Resource Management.
John and Mark have wowed corporate conferences from Microsoft to IBM to Bank of America to LinkedIn and many more. They have addressed non-profit organizations including the Special Olympics, Best Buddies, the National Down Syndrome Society and more. They have spoken at colleges and universities ranging from Rutgers Vanderbilt to Holy Cross to BYU to the University of Houston and more.
You have seen John and Mark on many TV Shows including: The CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, The Today Show, CNBC, the BBC, the CBN, the Martha MacCallum Show and many more. They’ve been featured in Money Magazine, the NY Post, Newsday and many more. And they have been interviewed on more than 100 podcasts.
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