James Kernan


CRN Magazine said that he is “a rising star executive to watch.” And when you review his 25* year track record of creating dazzling leaps in sales, profits, and growth for IT companies, you don’t need to wonder why. His sales teams have sold over 1 billion dollars in technology goods and services over his career.

Frequent speaker for TechSelect,CompTlA, XChange, Convergence, Robin Robins Bootcamp, HTG, Mastermind Peer Groups, SMB Nation, SMB TechFest, and Microsoft IAMCP events. He has been recognized and written up as an extraordinary “example of success” in industry publications such as CRN, Business Solutions, VAR Business, CRM Today, and Inc.Magazine

James Kernan is the author of the 36 Month Millionaire Program, and recently published books, Leadership Essentials for Successful Executives and Business Tips. For the past 12 years, James has served as a Principal Consultant for Kernan Consulting and provides Coaching, Advising and Mentoring programs to entrepreneurs and leaders. Kernan Consulting offers One on One Coaching, CEO Peer Groups, M&A Consulting and online training programs.

- (Industry Specific) Technology

Leadership Essentials for Successful Executives
Business owners are dealing with more challenges than ever before. From the economic woes to evolving technology, you are forced to think outside the box and try new things. My name is James Kernan and I've been in the technology industry for over 25 years. I have seen both good times and bad. What always kept me motivated was my belief of the power of a positive attitude. This book is filled with over 100 motivational quotes and business suggestions that will inspire you to take action. It will hopefully help you become more successful and profitable not only in your business but your life! Come take this journey with me by reading the book and I'm confident you will be inspired!

Tech Up Or Lose Out: How to leverage technology as competitive advantage in your business

Technology is important in today's challenging business climate for any business. TECH UP OR LOSE OUT is co-written by 11 of the top tech experts in North America. This team have come together to provide entrepreneurs an outline of how they can leverage technology as a competitive advantage in their business. From Cloud to Business Intelligence, this book has the tech basics YOU need to succeed!

Business Tips

Omaha, NE

“Addiction to Redemption
Ricky’s speech resonates beautifully with all audiences from middle school students to corporate executives. Ricky customizes his presentation to perfectly match the audience he is addressing. His presentation is a powerful testimonial centered around faith, support, the undying commitment to never, ever, ever giving up, and to living each day like the blessing it is!


“Ricky Simmons, a starting wide receiver in 1982 and 1983, has become an informal mentee of mine in recent years. Although he came from an excellent family, he struggled with drug addiction and spent several years in prison. During his last stay in jail, I wrote him a simple letter letting him know I still believed in him. Even though the letter was brief, it apparently arrived at a critical time in Ricky’s life. He had lost hope that his situation would ever improve. He says that when he received my note he got down on his knees and made a spiritual commitment which was life-changing. Once he got out of prison, Ricky came to see me and has continued to do so each week without fail. He has turned his life around, becoming a substance abuse counselor and speaking to youth about his experiences. I believe these weekly check-ins are a measure of accountability for him, providing him with a reminder of the changes he has made in his life. I am proud of what he is doing and thankful that I can remain a part of his life.”
Tom Osborne, Former Head Football Coach, Nebraska Cornhuskers

Ricky was very professional, funny, and the dancing was my favorite part. He acted out what he was saying which captivated the audience, and he interacted well with them. He also left plenty of time for questions and answers, and was relatable on so many levels. I loved that Ricky met with me beforehand, I loved that he called me both before and after. It was just wonderful.
Nikki Peterson, Unit Administrator, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services

“A big shout out to my friend Ricky C. Simmons for another great experience at NSP! You are able to inspire and encourage our inmates like no other. Your service to others is unparalleled. Thanks for teaching us how to live another day in paradise.”
Marv Chauza, Nebraska State Penitentiary

“I am honored to provide a positive reference regarding Ricky C. Simmons as a motivational speaker. Ricky is a former Husker teammate of mine, who’s journey exemplifies a true “road to redemption. He’s lived the ultimate test of incarceration, which is why he has a tangible testimony. Having spent time in the belly of the beast, Ricky used his ‘athletic ability of recovery’ to successfully turn past flaws into a positive story that motivates others. In an age where the media is omnipresent, the student-athlete’s transgression has become broadcast and print fodder. Their negative exposure in today’s public arena often leads to broken dreams and potential unfulfilled. As an athletic administrator, I see Ricky’s message as a proactive way to save young people from themselves. I highly recommend him as a realistic, authentic and effective speaker against the perils of drug and alcohol abuse for youth of all ages.”
Dr. Jamie Williams

“Tonight, it is a tremendous honor for me to meet and listen to Ricky C. Simmons. His personal story of redemption is inspiring. He has experienced the absolute best of life and made decisions that showed him the worst of life, only to turn it all around to become a fascinating motivational speaker. The cream rises to the top. Take a few minutes and look up his story. I’m proud to now call him a friend.”
Lonny Schonfeld, The Texan Theater

“He’s brutally honest and extremely charismatic. A natural. He tells a story that is at once painful and inspirational.”
Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star

“Today I have reached another milestone. I will be 40 years old in less than two weeks. Thank God — today marks the 96th day of sobriety and I feel extremely blessed. My inspiration is no one other than Ricky C. Simmons. You rock dude. Thank you for all the help you have given me. Your support will forever be appreciated.”
Terrell Farley, Former Nebraska Cornhusker

“We were very blessed to have former Husker wide receiver Ricky C. Simmons come share his story with our youth group. We had the third largest Wednesday night attendance ever and we were all treated to an awesome story of the grace of God in Ricky’s life. I highly recommend him as a gifted, entertaining and inspiring speaker to youth groups.”
Steven William Davenport

“I couldn’t wait to get home to email you. I listen to the Ticket 93.7 on the daily. It has never made me cry like a baby like it did today with you being on the air. Addiction has plagued me most of my life. I have quit drugs but drinking is a developing problem. I put together three years of total sobriety after treatment, but since that time I started to think that I could handle drinking. WRONG!!! Anyway, GOD BLESS YOU. Your vibe and inspiration hit me within 10 minutes of listening to the show…both laughing and crying at the same time. THANK YOU.”

Lincoln, Nebraska