PhD, The University of Iowa
MBA, Loyola University
BBA, University of Notre Dame
Finance and Business Economics
Dr. John Byrne
Academic Expertise Areas
Principles of Marketing
Dr. John Byrne is an accomplished individual who aspires to achieve success in his professional, academic, and personal life. John is known as a person who sets high goals, has the drive to achieve them, and inspires others to improve the quality of their lives by doing the same.
Formerly the Dean of the College of Business, John is a Professor and Chairman of the Marketing Department at St. Ambrose University, a highly respected academic institution located in the Quad Cities.
John has worked extensively with the U.S. Army at the Rock Island Arsenal, a major employer in the Quad Cities. He has collaborated with Army leaders in providing education to civilians and soldiers in the areas of decision making, problem solving, and team development, travelling as far as Germany and South Korea.
His prosperous professional life is matched by equally impressive academic credentials. John has earned degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Loyola University of Chicago, and the University of Iowa.
John has been married for 26 years to his wife Joan and they are the proud parents of five children (and soon to be grandparents!). His hobbies include coaching youth sports, spending time with family and friends, and overcoming tough physical challenges. He has twice completed the grueling Leadville Trail 100-Mile Run in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. In addition, John is an Ironman Triathlete, and has worked to achieve a number of other impressive feats including a 5 minute mile, a 300 lb bench press, and 100 consecutive free throws.
In 2012, John and his good friend Rick Fountain raised more than $10,000 to help a local eight-year-old girl battling Stage 4 Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Heroic acts like these are what make John a sought after motivational speaker and a genuine inspiration to all.
John’s impressive client list includes world renowned corporations such as Deere & Company and Caterpillar, Inc. In addition, he has presented to more than 100 organizations including not for profits, athletic organizations, schools and civic groups.