Episode #73: John Henne on Leadership, Legacy, & Balance


John’s Bio: 

John Henne is currently President and co-owner of Henne Jewelers in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. John has managed the family business since 1998, overseeing all aspects of the operation including diamond procurement, accounting, sales and marketing. Prior to functioning in that capacity John was the sales manager.

In 2004 John and his sister Meg Henne Gibson assumed full ownership of the company that was established in 1887 by their great grandfather, Rudolf Joseph Henne. The mission of Henne Jewelers is to strengthen and enhance relationships, and John most enjoys the part he and Henne Jewelers can play in couples’ lives as they prepare for marriage and grow in love throughout their married lives. Along those lines he established the “To Have and To Hold” program that is designed to give couples financial incentives to properly prepare for marriage through pre-marriage counseling.

Under John’s leadership Henne Jewelers has grown and received numerous local business and retail jewelry awards. John is most proud of being awarded the Pittsburgh Business Ethics award, by the University of Pittsburgh’s David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership and being named to the Best Places to Work by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Prior to joining Henne Jewelers, John was a CPA with KPMG in the audit and tax departments. He received a Bachelors degree in accounting from Grove City College in 1989.

John is a past president of the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce and currently is on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Christian Outreach, which transforms college students to transform the world, Imani Christian Academy, which serves at-risk inner city youth in Pittsburgh, and Jewelers of America. He is also a member of the Grove City Alumni Council and the Pittsburgh chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

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Links I talked about in the show:

Some of My Key Takeaways:

  • You should enjoy what you do 70-80% of the time
  • Sometimes it’s not the job, it’s the attitude you take to the job
  • Work is like a relationship, if you’re only thinking about what you can get, it won’t last, but if you seek it for how you can give, you’ll succeed. Seek to give!
  • Legacy begins with the end in mind
  • No amount of success can make up for failure at home
  • We need regular check-ups in our relationships
  • Hire people that love people!
  • Admit when you mess up and do everything you can to fix it
  • If you’re not happy with who you are, you’ll never be a good employee
  • Your competitors make you better


  • Small Groups – We have small groups that meet the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month.  E-mail Doug at  dougsmithlive@gmail.com if you are interested.

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