History

Born in Covington, Georgia to Ruth & John Addison, Sr.

Husband to loving wife, Loveanne and father of two fantastic adult sons, Kyle & Tyler.

Addison holds an Associate of Arts from Emory at Oxford, a B.A. in economics from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Georgia State University. Currently residing in Clermont, GA, with Loveanne.

Addison, former co-chief executive officer of Primerica from 1999-2015, emerged as a leader shortly after joining the company in the early 1980’s.

During his 33-year tenure at Primerica, John rose in management and was critical to helping the company transition after the departure of its founder.

Following the financial crisis of 2008, he spearheaded the process of separating from Citigroup. These efforts culminated with a successful IPO in 2010 that was 22 times oversubscribed, and is now one of the most successful IPOs of 2010.

Guiding the organization through these monumental changes while also working to keep morale high, Addison developed a passion and talent for motivating others that allowed him to inspire and empower over a million people during his career.

Served as Leadership Editor of Success Magazine; currently serving on the Board of Directors for Primerica and LegalShield, and on the Executive Committee for Junior Achievement for Northeast Georgia (Board of Advisors).

Previously served on the board of the Direct Selling Association, the Georgia Conservancy, the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce and Gwinnett Children’s Shelter.

Addison has an innate ability to cultivate seeds; seeds in his actual gardens and the seeds of great leaders that are often laying dormant and need “fertilizing”.

Publications & Programs

2017               “Real Leadership. 9 Simple Practices for Leading & Living With                                 Purpose.” (Book)

2016               “Real Leadership Roadmap” (Course)

2004               “Never Accept Advice from Anyone More Screwed Up Than You                             Are” (Audio)

Awards & Achievements

2018               Northeast Georgia Business Hall of Fame: Junior Achievement                                Award (Source)

2011               “CEO of the Bulldog 100”: award for fastest growing business of                            UGA Alumni Association (Source)

2010               IPO 22 times oversubscribed (Source)

Publications & Programs

2017               “Real Leadership. 9 Simple Practices for Leading                           & Living With Purpose.” (Book)

2016               “Real Leadership Roadmap” (Course)

2004               “Never Accept Advice from Anyone More                                         Screwed Up Than You Are” (Audio)

Awards & Achievements

2018               Northeast Georgia Business Hall of Fame: Junior                          Achievement Award (Source)

2011               “CEO of the Bulldog 100”: award for fastest                                    growing business of UGA Alumni Association                                (Source)

2010               IPO 22 times oversubscribed (Source)

“Lucky breaks come by chance. Success comes by choice.”
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