Owner, Encourage, LLC
Johnny Sirpilla is an entrepreneur, author, and speaker. He speaks professionally to businesses, communities, and universities on the importance of managing thoughts, internal honest reflection to develop meaningful professional and personal relationships and re-framing each challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-development and growth. Addressing college students, young professionals, and emerging leaders to discover the power they must develop for their personal brand is one of his passions.
Johnny is the owner of Encourage, LLC. and the retired President and Chief Business Development Officer of Camping World and Good Sam. Johnny’s experience in business leadership began in 1992 when he became President of Sirpilla R.V. Center, Inc. and was recognized out of 3,000 dealers as the National RV Dealer of the Year for best overall run dealership in the country in 1995. In 2003, he was one of the initial acquisitions by Camping World and served in key executive leadership roles of the $4 billion revenue business for 14 years prior to his retirement.
He currently runs his family office, Encourage, LLC, which has holdings in several industries including e-commerce consolidations, fashion and interior design, spirit brands, senior housing, med-tech device development and population health management. Johnny is co-founder/board member for Society Brands (Audit Chair), board member of TecTraum, board member of publicly traded Lippert Components (LCII) where he serves on the M&A, Risk and Human Capital & Compensation Committee (Chair), board member at Braintrust Growth, board member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Personnel Chair) serves as an active leadership consultant, public speaker and best-selling author of "Life is Hard but I'll Be OK."
He has been an active community leader serving as Chairman of the Board for the United Way of Greater Stark County (Ohio), Chairman of the Board for Stark County Catholic Schools, Executive Committee Member & Board Member of the Aultman Health Foundation, Executive Committee Member and Board Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and board member of The Pregnancy Support Center. He received the Jackson Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen of the Year.
Johnny graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a special interest in psychology and received his master’s in Organizational Behavioral Management from University of Phoenix. He also received certification from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School in Executive Presence and Influence & Persuasive Leadership Development.