Entrepreneur Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

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John Mathis is only the second person to earn the Lifetime Achievement award for Target Training International of Scottsdale, AZ, an international developer and distributor of assessments for personal and company growth.

Innovation, superb communication skills, and a commitment to customer service have served John Mathis very well during his over 50 years in the sales profession, and those traits were among the many reasons he recently became just the second person to receive the Target Training International (TTI) Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mathis was presented with the honor at the annual TTI Winter “Winners” Conference, which was held on Friday, January 13 in Scottsdale, Arizona and was attended by close to 400 of his peers. Presenting the award to Mathis was the chairman and CEO of TTI, Bill Bonnstetter. This marks just the second time in the history of TTI that somebody has earned the Lifetime Achievement Award.

According to Mathis, the owner and president of Keyline Company, Inc., in Downingtown, Pa., he was surprised and thrilled by the magnitude of the honor that was bestowed upon him at the conference.

“I anticipated that I might be acknowledged for 20 years of service, but I wasn’t at all prepared for a Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Mathis. “It’s above and beyond any of the many other awards that I’ve received. I was quite taken back by the response of my peers. They were very gracious to give me two standing ovations.”

As president of Keyline Company, Inc., Mathis is also an independent contractor for TTI, purchasing behavioral assessment tools from TTI and using those products to build programs that meet the needs of his clients. Mathis has been associated with TTI since the company’s inception and has forged a unique relationship with its officials and employees. This relationship has helped to improve the quality and effectiveness of TTI’s products and served to emphasize the value that Mathis has brought to the company.

“I have a tendency to test products and give feedback to TTI about how they might be modified or changed,” said Mathis. “Apparently I made more contributions than I’ve been aware of. To be honest, I still don’t know all the areas to which I’ve contributed, but my suggestions have led to some improvement of their products. For many years, I have offered to assist many of my peers in the use of TTI’s products for their business”.

The behavioral assessment tools that Mathis purchases from TTI include tools used for employee selection, staff development, and executive coaching. Mathis entered the field of human resources and business development in 1982, and as a result, he has compiled extensive experience in all aspects of the industry.

“I’ve been through the entire gamut of staff development, team building, working with managers to assist them to be better communicators with their people, and executive coaching,” he said. “However, today I have a significant passion for employee selection, and I’m intensely interested in providing companies with employees who have the personal talent to do a job.”

According to Mathis, he started “on the street” in the sales profession in 1957, eventually becoming an independent factory representative. In that capacity, he called on businesses to represent their products. It was from that position that he moved into human resource development nearly 24 years ago. And Mathis plans to continue to use his passion for the profession to improve the level of service that he provides to his clients.

“Our future goal is to continue to focus on employee selection,” said Mathis. “We have devoted many years to developing a successful process which we now have, for finding the right people for jobs companies need to fill.”

Contact: John Mathis - 610-458-3511 - john @ keylinecompany.com

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