CEO, Johnny Cupcakes | Award Winning Entrepreneur & Brand Hysteria Expert

Top Innovator in Retail -The Boston Globe

Americas #1 Young Entrepreneur -BusinessWeek

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If you dream of inspiring cult-like brand loyalty—the kind that involves mile-long queues and even permanent tattoos—Johnny Cupcakes is for you. The founder of the world-renowned tee-shirt brand Johnny Cupcakes, Johnny’s known for helping other people create blueprints for building brand loyalty, creating memorable experiences, and inspiring innovation.

With global store openings, thousands of customers with his logo tattooed on themselves, people who camp out for his products, and high-profile collaborations with giants such as The Simpsons, Power Rangers, and Nickelodeon, Johnny was named America’s #1 Young Entrepreneur by Business Week, Top Innovator in Retail by The Boston Globe, and featured in INC magazine as the CEO of one of the world’s fastest growing independent businesses.

Despite being in one of the most difficult product categories to stand-out in, and a founder of a brand when he was just 19 years old, Johnny’s solution to his business challenges was to create such a unique brand experience that his customers would loyally line-up around the block, time and time again, just to be able to sport his logo on their clothing.

Since then, through his talks and creative consulting, Johnny has shared his strategies with clients that include Apple, L’Oreal, Disney, IBM, Audi, Harvard University, Wieden+Kennedy, Marriott, and P&G.

Also a TEDx speaker, Johnny has been featured in media such as MTV, NPR, Forbes, WIRED, Newsweek, and as a case study in several branding and business books.




Johnny has ‘creativity-as-a-business strategy’ nailed and he’s able to turn it into a talk which is so coherent and thoughtful that even a bean counter would understand why creativity is the most powerful, yet untapped force in business today.
– LEWIS SCHIFF - FORBES
Run - don't walk - to hire Johnny to speak at your event! The recipe is simple: mix equal parts incredible story and unbridled energy; add dashes of humor, creativity and passion; sprinkle with joyful nuttiness...and what you and your attendees are left with is an hour they will never forget. Pump up your own team; wow an external audience - there are so many settings where this man will ABSOLUTELY CRUSH IT.
– ROB DUNN / SALES MANAGER - STREAMLINE EVENTS, INC.
We had over 650 attendees at the event. In post-event surveys Johnny scored the highest of all 13 main speakers!
– TENA RUTLEDGE / MARKETING MANAGER - FEDEX
We have worked with over 1,000 speakers over the last 12 years, and can safely say that Johnny Cupcakes is one of our favorites! Sincere, down-to-earth, motivational––a true pleasure to watch and a crowd favorite!
– SHAWN PUCKNELL / DIRECTOR - FITC & NXNE INTERACTIVE
When Johnny Cupcakes spoke at Inc’s GROWCO conference, I didn’t know what to expect, but our people assured me he was a good speaker. That turned out to be a drastic understatement. Putting him on the agenda was one of the best decisions!
– ERIC SCHURENBERG / EDITOR-IN-CHIEF - INC. MAGAZINE

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