MEET JOE HIGGINS

After graduating from college, Joe Higgins began his career with the second largest company in the world, General Electric Corporation. He started in a special program that GE named the Market Management Training Program. He spent seven years in a multitude of high-profile jobs working in many of General Electric’s diverse Divisions. Joe held positions in Merchandising, Marketing, he spent time on the Audit Staff and was a very successful Account Manager. After GE promoted Joe to their Appliance Division, Joe managed  the Goodyear Account. It was GE’s largest customer in the country. In the two years he managed the team that called on Goodyear, Joe turned them into a retail power in the appliance business.

Below are just a few of Joe’s recent speaking engagements:

Whirlpool’s Winner’s Circle

St. Petersburg, FL

Builder’s Source

Albuquerque, NM

Famous Tate

Tampa, FL

Mega USA National Convention

In July of 1977, Joe was recruited by GE’s largest competitor, the Whirlpool Corporation. In 1979, he was promoted to Sales Manager in Southern California and quickly progressed through several roles until he was promoted to the Western Region Director of Sales in 1986. Joe was responsible for sales in all states west of Chicago in this job.

By 2000 Joe was promoted to National Director of Sales and was responsible for the business done at retail stores, with home builders and key accounts all across America. He was responsible for National Builders like DR Horton, Retail Accounts like Home Depot and Lowes, and Independent Retailers.

In 2006 when Whirlpool acquired Maytag, Joe spent much of his time involved in the integration of the Whirlpool Corporation’s culture and business practices into the staff that was brought over from Maytag. At the time, this was one of the most significant corporate acquisitions in United States history. Joe managed the hiring and firing of all the incoming and outgoing staff, setting up the new organization, and managing the sales team. At this time, Joe took responsibility for Whirlpool’s large national accounts, including Sears, Lowes, Home Depot, and Best Buy.

During his 35-year tenure at Whirlpool Corporation Joe’s time was spent cultivating winning strategies with his team. Those strategies included effective leadership, creating a collaborative culture, and demonstrating how to provide impeccable customer experiences.

While building healthy, high-performing teams, Joe also performed economic forecasts for better economic decision making which became known as “Higgonomics”.

The in-depth knowledge and insight Joe brings to his keynote programs comes from his years of experience managing a National Sales Team that is known in the industry as one of the finest in the world. Joe retired from his corporate career in 2012.

And today, Joe Higgins, a former senior executive, is a highly regarded keynote speaker and business consultant with a powerful message to inspire your organization to embark on their own Quest 4 Quality, just as he did while with the Whirlpool Corporation.

Whirlpool’s Contract Distributors Meeting

Salt Lake City, UT

Don’s Appliance

Pittsburgh, PA

Idler’s Home

San Luis Obispo, CA

Pacific Coast Builders Conference

Moscone Center – San Francisco

Nationwide Marketing Group Convention

Las Vegas

Brandsource National Convention

World Marriott – Orlando

Rotary Club

Upland

Kiwanis Club

Claremont

Pomona Valley Investment Club

Claremont

Monessan Corporation

Louisville

Whirlpool Corporation

California Region Sales Meeting

Whirlpool Corporation

President’s Meeting – Chicago

AVB Southern California Convention

San Diego

BrandSource President’s Meeting

Las Vegas

Claremont Rotary Club

Claremont

Wells Fargo