John Younker, Ph.D.

John Younker, Ph.D.

Career-Life Planning | Psychometric Assessments | Executive Leadership Development | Strategic Planning

John is a co-founder (1992) and the President-Owner 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 assessment, coaching & development,
  • key player selection, performance management and development,
  • organizational assessments, direction setting & strategic performance planning,
  • organizational transition and change,
  • effectively functioning Peer Advisory Groups, and
  • high performing executive management team development.


During his professional career, John has served in various roles. From January 1993 to September 2018, John was a Chair for Vistage International (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 was conferred the “Master Chair” designation. In his Chair role, John facilitated and coached the members of his CEO and Key Executive Vistage groups. John has also 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 has also served as an Adjunct professor at St. Thomas University and Houston Baptist University. 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 in 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), The Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership, and the Silver Fox Advisors.  Additionally, John has served as a Guest Lecturer for the Eisenhower Leadership Series, George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.  John is currently an executive volunteer, in the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP).

In 1982, John was awarded a doctorate degree 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.


  • Career-Life Planning
  • Psychometric Assessments
  • Executive Leadership Development
  • Strategic Planning

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