The Successful CEO who started as the son of a pimp and an orphan.

The Successful CEO
who started as the son of
a pimp and an orphan.

About JT

JT McCormick shouldn't have succeeded. He was born the mixed-race son of a drug-dealing pimp father and a orphaned, single mother on welfare. He was raised in the slums of Dayton, Ohio, suffered incredible abuse and racism, and had multiple stints in the juvenile justice system. He barely graduated high school and has no college degree.

But succeed he did.

Starting by scrubbing toilets, JT hustled and worked his way into better opportunities, eventually finding incredible success in the banking and mortgage industry. He was on top of the world.

And then the mortgage industry fell apart. He lost his job, and literally all of his money. He had to borrow from his friends to make rent. He was nearly back to where he started: with nothing.

But this time, he had something that he did not have growing up in the slums of Dayton:
the knowledge of what it takes to succeed. JT used this setback combined with what he
learned as the springboard for him to reach even bigger heights--eventually becoming
President of two multimillion-dollar companies.

Currently, JT is the President and CEO of Scribe Media. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Megan, and their four children; Ava, Jaxon, Elle and Jace.

Recent Videos

Why JT Wrote His
Book, I Got There

JT Discusses Why He Shared His Story

Everyone Has a Story

Speaker Demo Reel

"For the last 16 years, we have been bringing the world's financial leaders to the annual MIT Sloan CFO Summit. We have welcomed hundreds of speakers and thousands of attendees, and JT is not only the highest-rated speaker we have ever had, he is also the only one to have ever received a standing ovation. Thank you JT for bringing the crowd to it's feet, and delivering a message of power and perseverance! "

-Jeremy Seidman and Jack McCullough, Chair, MIT Sloan CFO Summit

“Not a lot of speakers get standing ovations at business conferences, but I recently saw JT McCormick get one for sharing his incredibly moving personal story. I can’t imagine anyone there forgetting the experience any time soon.”

 -Loren Feldman, Senior Editor at Forbes

“JT is unlike any other speaker. His story and speeches are both inspirational and motivational more importantly, actionable. I highly recommend for everyone to listen, learn and take action!”

 -Noah Kagan, CEO of Sumo Group

“JT McCormick delivers an inspired message that is based on experience and insight, not motivational rhetoric.”

–Don Wettrick, Founder of StartedUp

“Bringing JT to speak will transform the atmosphere at your event. I ran a conference for 600+ entrepreneurs, and JT had them all on the edge of their seats, many of them in tears. His words and presentation were inspirational, moving. His message pushed us all to work that little bit harder to chase our dreams.  Highly recommended!”

–Adam Daily, Conference Chair - EO Alchemy

“JT had the audience captivated and you could tell we were in the hands of a master. There’s real comfort in that because it allows us to truly listen to his message. I’m so thankful that JT has the courage to speak his truth and he’s inspired me to take action and share my own”  

–Andy Seth, Entrepreneur



I'm not a drug dealer.
I'm not a rapper.
I'm not an athlete.
But I am very successful.

That's not how you're supposed to open a speech if you're a successful businessman. Especially if you're a successful minority businessman in America. 

But I'm no ordinary businessman, this was no ordinary speech, and I've had no ordinary life.

That's the opening to JT's story, compellingly told in I Got There.

Gripping, heartbreaking, enlightening, and ultimately uplifting, I Got There proves that no obstacle is too difficult to conquer--and that the game can be won by anyone, from anywhere.

Get I Got There on Amazon.

"Once I picked this book up, I could not put it down...I Got There is especially relevant in today's volatile racial, political, and class-conscious climate.”


“Mr. McCormick’s journey is a success story that doesn’t rely on promoting a set of rules to abide by to become a millionaire mogul. His success is that, although the memories still haunt him, he lived to tell. AND, the true happy ending is his continued passion to mentor and help others at risk. Priceless.”


“This book showed me what the results of work ethic, optimism, drive, determination, and a good handshake can do for you...It taught me that doors can be opened regardless of your skin color or background if you're willing to work.”


“He gets up before dawn; he exercises with discipline; he reads like crazy; he works harder and smarter than many around him; he learns to lead by valuing others. McCormick’s story provides readers with a recipe for success that goes way beyond something trite like, “just work hard.” It is easy to understand why he has found such success and inspired such loyalty in his employees.”


“JT's story immediately draws you in. It's powerful, reading it almost felt like watching a movie, and JT opens up in a way that makes you feel like you are that little boy. It's hard to explain what an impact this book had on me.”


Recent Blogs

Give Them a Reason to Say “Yes”

Tired of always hearing “no” from prospective clients? Chances are, you aren’t giving them enough reasons to say “yes.” This week, we’ll talk about how I learned to build solid relationships doing just that.

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The Customer is NOT Always Right

It might sound crazy to some, but no matter the size or age of your business, the customer is NOT always right. This week, I’ll talk about why we need to think differently about that.

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You Work With Me (not for me)

No one works for me––they work with me. This week, I’ll explain why that distinction is critically important to the success of you and your team.

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Upcoming 2019 Speaking Appearances

October 24: Community Impact - Austin, TX


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