John Paul Lynch CEO and Keeper of the Faith, LYNKA
John Lynch is an entrepreneur who has been doing business in Poland and across Europe since 1991. His personal business motto is “Keep the Faith” – which will be the topic of his Personal Branding Day Speech. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or already growing a business – John believes that persistence – never giving up – is the key attribute of entrepreneurial success. Having experienced more challenges in building his business than most people will face in a lifetime, Lynch will reveal his 10 ½ lessons learned when facing a business crisis.
John is co-Founder of LYNKA, a supplier of corporate apparel and logo-branded merchandise. Lynka was one of the very first companies launched by an American in post-communist Poland, and today is one of the largest companies of its kind in Europe with over 200 employees. John started the business as a classic garage-shop operation, with 3-employees, virtually no funds, and to add to the challenge, in a strange new country in which he barely spoke the language.
John has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and completed his MBA at The Wharton School. John was founder of the American Chamber of Commerce in Southern Poland, and was past Chairman of YPO Poland. In 2010, he was named one of the 10 American Pioneers who made the most profound contributions to the successful transformation of Poland to a democracy and free market economy. In 2013, John was voted Central & Eastern Europe’s CEO of the Year by the CEE Manufacturing Awards. In November 2014, John was awarded the highest civilian honor in Poland, the Presidential Order of the Gold Cross from the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski.
A patriotic American citizen, John is also immensely proud of Poland, its pivotal role in bringing down Communism in 1989, and its amazing economic and political achievements of the past 25 years.