John Younker, Ph.D.

John Younker, Ph.D.

Advisory Board/Board of Directors | General Business Facilitator | Personnel/Human Resources | Strategic Planning

John is a co-founder and the President of Associates In Continuous Improvement (ACI), a Houston based management consulting firm. His professional focus at ACI is the provision of services to CEO’s and executive managers that include:

  • Leadership & Executive Management coaching & development,
  • key player selection, performance management and development,
  • organizational assessments, direction setting & strategic performance planning,
  • organizational transition and change, and
  • high performing executive management team development.

John has served, since 1993, as a Chair for Vistage (formerly The Executive Committee - TEC), an international organization dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of CEO's and their Key Executives. John was recognized in 2000 as a “High Performing Chair,” in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014 with the “Chair Excellence” award and in 2006 with the “Master Chair” awards. In his Chair role, John leads and coaches the members of his CEO and Key Executive Vistage groups. 

During his professional career, John has served as an Executive Professor and Advisor at the University of Houston, Bauer School of Business, Wolff Center of Entrepreneurship and as the Director of the MBA Program at Our Lady of the Lake University – Houston. John is a former senior vice-president at The Institute, Inc. and was a vice-president and Senior Field Researcher at the American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC).   At the Center, he was extensively involved in field research and advisory initiatives that focused on employee involvement and empowerment, the development of high performing work teams, organization assessment and planning, and service quality improvement. Other organizational associations include the Shell Mining Company, the Geisinger Medical Center, and the U.S. Navy, where John was actively involved in the U.S. Navy’s efforts leadership and organization development, race relations education, and drug and alcohol abuse education and rehabilitation. 

John is a member of several professional organizations including the Texas Psychological Association (TPA), The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the Texas Industrial/Organizational Psychologists (TIOP), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Houston Area Industrial-Organizational Psychologists (HAIOP), and The Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership. Additionally, John is a Guest Lecturer for the Eisenhower Leadership Series, George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. John is an active executive volunteer, in the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP). 

John holds a doctorate in industrial-organizational psychology from The University of Memphis. He is a guest speaker and lecturer and his writings are published in several professional journals and textbooks.


  • Advisory Board/Board of Directors
  • General Business Facilitator
  • Personnel/Human Resources
  • Strategic Planning

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