Executive Spotlight: John Holland, Chief Revenue Officer
Welcome back to another installment of our “Thrive Employee Spotlight” blog series.
Our featured Thrive Executive is John Holland, Chief Revenue Officer.
John oversees all sales, marketing, and customer success efforts at Thrive. He works with each of Thrive’s regions in New England, New York and the Mid-Atlantic to streamline sales processes; in turn, easing the process of delivering superior NextGen managed services to Thrive’s clients. His focus points at Thrive include increasing organic growth in revenue through geographical expansion, the further development of Thrive’s channel sales team, and establishing the Thrive brand as a key player in the MSP space.
John has lived in and around the greater Boston area for his entire life, but he currently resides in Bedford, Massachusetts with his wife, Kara, two daughters, Grace and Faith, and the family dog, Daisy.
Hi John! Can you tell us about your background and how you came to Thrive?
I have worked within the IT space for over 25 years, leading sales organizations and building the most effective solutions for our customers and prospects sold directly and through channel partners. Before working at Thrive, I was the SVP of Sales at TierPoint for over nine years, where I became part of the company through the acquisition of Xand, a cloud and data center provider. I came to Thrive based on many of the relationships I built through the years with employees at Xand (who are now at Thrive), including its founder and our current CEO, Rob Stephenson.
Where did you go to school or get training?
I attended Boston College High School like many other Thrive employees. I attended Saint Anselm College, where I majored in Business. Most of my training came from working with amazing sales engineers and mentors.
What do you like most about working at Thrive?
It may sound cliché, but it truly is the people. A great deal of the people who work at Thrive I’ve known and worked with for many years. They are the main reason why I came here. I believe if you get the right group of people who are passionate about their work, you can build a great company no matter what that company does.
Tell us what you like to do in your free time.
My time is mostly spent with my family and watching my daughters grow up (too fast, if you ask me). I like to travel and explore new life experiences while breaking away for a round of golf with friends. I make sure to watch the hometown teams win more championships. What’s a Sunday without sports?