John serves as director of the Student Sandbox at The Tech Garden and is an instructor at Syracuse University and LeMoyne College. He is also the U.S. Small Business Administration’s local instructor for their Emerging Leaders executive education program.
John’s background is as an operations executive with 20 years of management experience, in a progressive trajectory culminating in a position of general manager with total P&L responsibility for a $300+ million business. His skill sets include entrepreneurship, coaching, strategic planning, operational efficiency, P & L management, financial analysis, organizational development, workflow analysis, multi-site location management, and employee communication.
His career has consisted of both entrepreneurial and managerial work. After earning a B.A. in political science at the University of Vermont, Liddy became a successful entrepreneur, helping develop and launch multiple start-up companies, transforming these projects into revenue-producing businesses. After working on a research and development technology start-up called TextWise, Liddy earned an executive M.B.A. at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and advanced his craft by learning the principles of management he used as an entrepreneur. He then joined the corporate world, working as distribution manager and then general manager with Suburban Propane, a public company in the oil and energy industry, before coming back to entrepreneurship in 2009.