The desire to succeed and the sheer will to showcase your true potential is when you achieve the greater things in life. These are the two key highlights of James Michael Lafferty’s character. The man began his career by being a fitness trainer and went on to become the CEO of some of the biggest multinational names on the globe. Here is the story of how he carved his own path to success.
Carving the path
Born in 1963, he completed a bachelors degree, with honors, in psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 1985. From an early age, James was a competitive student and a kid who always strived for success. Man of true perseverance, he took on his career with the destination in mind. He started off by becoming a fitness instructor in one of the leading multinationals, The Procter and Gamble Company. Owing to his exceptional academia and the skills he showed during his tenure, he soon was recruited into marketing, and rose through the ranks to CEO positions in Poland, Western Europe, The Middle East, and Philippines. The other companies that he headed during his career were British American Tobacco Philippines, Coca-Cola Nigeria, and presently Fine Hygienic Holding.
Being a coach, James Michael Lafferty coached the Nigerian Marathoners in the 2012 London Olympics. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, he coached a 3-time Olympian, long jumper Marestella Torres. Under coach James Michael Lafferty, Marestella set a new national record in 2016 at the age of 35 and post-pregnancy! In addition, James also launched a whole new genre of marathons called ‘The Bull Runner Dream Marathon’ for solely beginners. It is held each year in Manila in February. James has coached national athletes for the US; Philippines, and Nigeria.
Coaching Olympians and managing big firms was not enough for James Lafferty, which is why he also became a columnist and fairly popular one. He writes columns for The Philippine Star, which is one of the leading newspapers in the Philippines. James was nominated as “Best Business Columnist” by CMMA in 2014. In addition to that, he was also a teacher in the De La Salle University, the University of Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University.
It is only evident with the kind of exposure James has had, that companies around the world want to learn from his experience. He has been retained by several big names including HP, Newell Rubbermaid, Microsoft, Nestle, L’Oreal, Hershey’s, General Electric and many more, whom he has provided consultancy services.
James Michael Lafferty has crafted his way to success by delivering his utmost efforts throughout his life. With the fame and fortune he enjoys today, James also continuously gives back to society. He, in fact, gathered CEOs from his circle and formed the program, ‘Adopt an Olympian’ to fund Olympic athletes who have the ability but couldn’t afford the training and diets, are adopted by a person who assures that the talent grows to show without having the financials hinder in the process.
James is currently residing in Dubai where he lived with his wife, Caroline Lafferty. He has five kids in total. More information on James’ vast career is available through his LinkedIn profile or via his website, Jamesmichaellafferty.com.