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John Qualls

A Bit About Me

As the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Purpose HQ, John brings a diverse and unique wealth of experience, rooted in leadership development and team-building principles, and backed by data.

After serving in the United States Marine Corps, John returned to Indiana where he attended IUPUI. In 2006, after diving into the worlds of finance, technology, and marketing, he co-founded Bluelock, a managed cloud-hosting provider. While leading Bluelock, in 2008, he was named to the 40 Under 40 by the Indianapolis Business Journal. The IBJ also singled out Bluelock as the fastest-growing company in Indiana. During this same period, he served as president of CVQ, a data center design, construction, and operation firm. In 2009, he was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year award.

John is the president emeritus of Eleven Fifty Coding Academy, having led the organization to impact 30,000 K-12 students across Indiana, and upskilled over 3,000 adults from 23 states and 4 countries. At Eleven Fifty, John designed, implemented, and grew an immersive bootcamp-style program for students that rendered a 90% graduation rate and over 80% placement rate. While under John’s leadership, Eleven Fifty Academy was approved for the GI Bill and was recognized by the Department of Labor as a certified apprenticeship program.

As an entrepreneur, John is dedicated to developing local talent to stimulate growth and move Indiana forward. In his spare time, John enjoys getting his hands dirty on his family’s suburban farm, tackling the To-Do of the day with heavy equipment, tending chicken coops and bee hives, and spending time with his wife, their three children, and first grandchild.

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