John Kindt has brought to Blue Stone Strategy Group more than 25 years of entrepreneurial and senior level management experience, in a wide range of disciplines and industries.
As a very young business school graduate, he pioneered an entirely new mode of ground transportation in Los Angeles. With its unique formula for successful rideshare, an entirely new industry was started which spread across the United States, and beyond. John’s entrepreneurial story, encompassing transportation, technology and franchising, was included in a widely used college textbook, and later in a chapter of a business book (Ben Franklin’s 12 Rules of Management) that is still sold popularly. John has his MBA from Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management’s Presidents and Key Executives program (PKE MBA).
John was the founder and president of GroundNet International, now Go Airport Shuttle, a strategic alliance of the world’s largest airport ground transportation providers, together transporting in excess of 50 million passengers annually.
In 2001, he joined a fledgling biotech firm, heading up its sales and marketing. The firm had a good idea about waste eating bacteria, which John parlayed into pest control products. The nation’s leading commercial pest control service included the firm’s products onboard every one of its trucks across the country. Sales increased dramatically, which found John additionally appointed as head of operations—his first manufacturing experience—so to ensure timely product delivery.
From this experience, and subsequent endeavors in other industries, John has gained a thorough competence in all key business functions, as well as in-depth insight into franchising, turn-around, crisis management, software development, roll-up, competitor acquisition, regulator relations, and nonprofit management and development.
John has sat on many Los Angeles City and County commissions and committees over the years, was once Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) “citizen of the year”, and is currently on Pepperdine University’s Business Administration Council. He lives in Los Angeles’ South Bay, competes on a masters swim team, but likes best spending time with his wife and five children.