John Shull has spent three careers in leadership positions and activities, beginning with 21 years serving in the United States Army, where he commanded soldiers, and led military organizations as an Infantry Officer for Foreign Area Officer. His service included assignments in Germany, Korea, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and the United States. That was followed by a leadership position in a small management consulting firm, Meridian Ventures, Inc., where he led engagement teams in solving key client issues in international energy, manufacturing, defense, aerospace, and retail. For over 16 years, John served as a financial advisor and frontline manager at First Command Financial Planning. He was able to leverage his Army leadership experience and knowledge to serve the primary client base for First Command: military service members and their families.
At First Command, as a District Advisor, or frontline leader, John managed three offices in two states. He grew his advisor force from 4 to 11 advisors and added an office. He created a model for district quarterly training, bringing together four districts to create greater collaboration among advisors on best practices, and to build team synergies between managers. He developed a prototype for an advisor team leader, to assist the frontline manager with critical functional activities, such as marketing, recruiting, and training, and to recruit and cultivate new leaders for the company. He was able to get two advisors promoted through that process. As a result of his success, John was selected as the First Command District Advisor of the year in 2011 (from among 65 advisors) and for the GAMA International First in Class Award in 2012, for First Command.
Since retiring from First Command, John has continued to coach and train financial advisors and frontline leaders with Meridian Leadership Coaching. John is currently a member of the Alumni Board of the American College of Financial Services, and is an engagement speaker for the First Command Education Foundation.
John and his wife, Ellen, reside in Annapolis, MD, where they spend time with their three married children and nine grandchildren. In their spare time, they enjoy reading, swimming, and beach activities, and watching youth sports.