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Community Highlights: Meet John Crossman of Crossman Career Builders

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Crossman.

Hi John, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My father was a pastor and civil rights leader and this made a significant impact me. It gave me a great passion for education and diversity. In addition, it encouraged me to an entrepreneur and devout Capitalist. Today I have two companies. Crossman Career Builders focuses on education and diversity. CrossMarc Services is a commercial real estate brokerage and investment company. At Crossman Career Builders, we are seeking to help people and companies to have hard conversations and then develop actionable steps to make an impact. For example, we encourage companies who want to make a difference regarding race in America to invest in HBCUs. Invest financially, guest lecture, mentor students, hire interns and hire graduates. We endowed the first-ever real estate scholarships at FAMU and B-CU. We also have diversity scholarships at UF, FSU and Valencia College.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Uhhh… many many hard times. One of the struggles has been the lack of support by people and groups you think would have been our biggest fans. Some people don’t truly want to partner or solve problems. We try to focus our messaging on our role in finding solutions to the biggest problems our nation faces. It begins with creating a vision and then working on a collaboration. The most heartbreaking part is when you encounter people who don’t want to partner and yet claim to want to solve problems.

We’ve been impressed with Crossman Career Builders, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We provide resources to college students and young professionals and the people that employ them. We can create the biggest impact when CEOs and companies are seeking to transition through hard issues. We can provide actionable steps in dealing with race, mental health, addiction, suicide, and related subjects. Our resources include 1) Eight endowed scholarships 2). My book, “Career Killers Career Builders.” 3). Keynote is speaking 4). Training 5). CEO coaching 6) Mentoring.

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