Joe Sweeney has spent more than 30 years blending his love of business and passion for sports. He has owned, operated, and sold four manufacturing companies, headed up the Wisconsin Sports Authority, and launched a sports marketing firm.

Joe purchased an equity interest in an investment banking firm and served as president and managing director. He is now an accomplished author, internationally-known speaker and coach, and investor in private equity companies.

Joe’s passion is studying human behavior. He has used the fields of sports, business, and military as his laboratory to better understand why certain people outperform others. He is primarily devoted to helping and mentoring young athletes and executives to develop all aspects of their career, business, and life.

Joe has served on 28 boards of directors and is currently active on Wintrust Financial Corporation (WTFC), a publicly traded financial institution. Joe received his BA in Industrial Psychology from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Joe is the author of three books including the New York Times bestseller Networking Is a Contact Sport: How Staying Connected and Serving Others Will Help You Grow Your Business, Expand Your Influence — or Even Land Your Next Job; Moving the Needle: Get Clear, Get Free, and Get Going in Your Career, Business, and Life; and After Further Review: How Reflection and Action Will Turn Your Somedays Into Today.