Dr. John Spencer Ellis
President & CEO
Today, John lives a life filled with unique experiences, sharing the stage with luminaries and traveling the world.
But, it wasn’t always like that.
He started young.
John knew from the age of 12, when he received his first gym membership as a birthday gift from his father, that fitness & personal development would be his calling. His unique success story started in a 400 sq. ft. studio apartment where he slept on the floor. He had just $2,000. What began as a personal training business has grown into a multi-million dollar group of corporations providing a variety of fitness, personal development, technology, consulting and entrepreneurial products and services globally. John has helped create over 500,000 jobs.
Fitness and Personal Development Business Experience:
Each week, over one million people enjoy a fitness, coaching and personal development program John developed. His systems are used in the top resorts, spas and fitness centers. John is the CEO of the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA), Personal Trainer Hall of Fame (PFHF), Fitness Hall of Fame (FHOF), Spencer Institute for Life Coaching (SI), International Triathlon Coaching Association (ITCA), and the Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Association (MMACA). John created Adventure Boot Camp. He also co-created Intense Mixed Performance Accelerated Cross Training (IMPACT), Kung-fu Fitness, TACTIX and co-developed Survival Combat Fitness (SCF). His programs are used by Cirque du Soleil, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, U.S. Secret Service, FBI and Coast Guard, and he’s consulted the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships).
John delivered the Commencement Speech for (IVC) Irvine Valley College and shared the stage/screen with the following luminaries: Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Leigh Steinberg, Daymond John (Shark from Shark Tank), Kevin Harrington (Shark from Shark Tank), Barbara De Angelis, Jon Biel, DC Cordova, Lewis Howes, Marie Forleo, Garrett, J. White, Grant Cardone, Denis Waitley, Frank Maguire (founder of Fed-Ex), Michael Gerber (E-Myth), Les Brown, Joe Vitale, Simon T. Bailey, John Assaraf, JJ Virgin, Tai Lopez, Ali Brown, James Malinchak (ABC’s Secret Millionaire), Forbes Riley, James Altucher, Brian Tracy, Larry Benet, Dr. John Demartini, Marie Diamond, Topher Morrison, Martin Rooney, Kevin Nations, Peter Thomson, Gary Goldstein, Dr. Robi Ludwig, Ryan Lee, Russell Brunson, Jesse Elder, Pat Flynn, Jordan Harbinger, T. Harv Eker, Dr. Bruce Lipton, and many others. He has also been an expert panelist for TEDmed and fitness expert for eHow.
New Rules of Success, The Compass, The Code, How Badly Do You Want It, Peak Vitality, Power of Champions, The Wellness Code, The Ultimate Life Coach Business Book, Collaboration Economy, Rapid Body Makeover and Health and Wellness Today.
John has collaborated on books with other leading experts such as Dr. Oz, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. John Gray, Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Michael Beckwith, Kevin Harrington, Yanik Silver and Mariel Hemingway.
John is the CEO of the Get America Fit Foundation (GAFF) (501c3), which educates the public about living a healthy life and provides exercise equipment for schools and helps military veterans with physical challenges. He also supports multiple additional charities including Miracles for Kids.
John has ridden his bicycle enough miles to circle Earth. He competed in over 100 sports competitions including the Ironman triathlon. He also finished 5th at the U.S. National Run/Bike Championships and won the Montebello Cycling Classic and Roadrunner Inline Skating Competition.
John has earned a 2nd degree black belt in Kung-fu, black belt in Ninjutsu, brown belt in Tae Kwon Do, blue belt in Krav Maga, and blue belt in Kempo Karate and blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He’s also trained in Muay Thai for many years. John is a certified instructor of self-defense, fitness kickboxing and fitness boxing. He’s competed in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships
John holds two bachelor’s degrees (business & health science), an MBA with an emphasis in marketing, and a doctorate in education. He also completed doctoral level studies in naturopathic health education. He holds fifteen certifications including massage therapy, plyometrics, physical education, flexibility, nutrition coaching, water fitness, exercise rehabilitation, golf conditioning, Pilates, personal training, clinical hypnotherapy, sports hypnosis, PACE circuit training and yoga. His medical training includes a license in radiological technology, a medical assisting certification, and training in McKenzie rehabilitation. He has specialized training in ropes course facilitation and corporate team-building.
John has been featured on Oprah radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, FOX, FOX Sports, FOX Reality, SPIKE and ESPN. He was featured as the fitness and lifestyle expert on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County and Daybreak OC. John has also appeared on Starting Over, Life Moments, Camp Reality and America’s Premier Experts. He is the creator and executive producer of the awarding-winning documentary movie The Compass. He hosted the Ms. Fitness U.S.A. & World pageants on Fox Sports Net, The Fit Show, Health & Wellness Today, Core 360 Personal Gym infomercial, Personal Trainer TV, The OC Body, The Spencer Power Hour radio show, the now the John Spencer Ellis Podcast. John is also featured in the movie Riches.
John is the former Fitness Editor for OC Flair magazine and has been featured or mentioned in the following publications: MMA Business, Muscle and Fitness, Businessweek, U.S. News and World Report, C magazine, IDEA Fitness Journal, Cosmopolitan, Fit, New York Times, Men’s Health, Better Homes and Gardens, Women’s World and Self. He’s appeared on the cover of Income, Fit Entrepreneur and Personal Fitness Professional Magazines.
John is the publisher of Personal Trainer Magazine.
Awards and Recognitions:
Amazon #1 Best Selling Author “Health & Wellness Today”
Amazon #1 Best Selling Author “Rapid Body Makeover”
Amazon #1 Best Selling Author “The Wellness Code”
Amazon #1 Best Selling Author “New Rules of Success”
Amazon #8 Best Selling Author “Collaboration Economy“
Personal Trainer Hall of Fame Inductee (2012)
Nominated for induction to the National Fitness Hall of Fame (2011)
Best Health Book: Nautilus Book Award “Peak Vitality”
Best Self-Help / Motivational Book: US Book News “Peak Vitality”
Top 10 New Release: Hudson News “The Compass” book
Communicator Award “The Compass” movie
Telly Award “The Compass” movie
Quilly Award from the National Academy of Best Selling Authors
Nominated for the California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award
Named One of the Top 100 Most Influential Personal Trainers of All Time
Named One of the Top 100 Fitness Entrepreneurs in the World
Named Outstanding Member of IDEA Association of Fitness Professionals
Named Top 40 Fitness Blog of 2013
Mark Teahan brings 10 years of experience to the Spencer Institute and currently serves as its Director. He began his journey into this evolving field after finishing curriculum at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science and immediately launched a successful career in the fitness industry upon relocating back to his roots in the Southern California area.
Mark has been fulfilling the role of wellness coach in the mid-Atlantic region as well as in California. His client list is impressive, including Coca –Cola Enterprises, Baltimore Aircoil Company, Roadway Freight, Conway Freight, xPedx Paper and The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers in Washington, DC. Mark was fortunate to gain access into the Wellness industry during its infancy and has contributed to the process of refining the corporate wellness genre overall. Mark has applied his skills and expertise to help many workers who came to value their own health through highly refined coaching techniques that inspire change while delivering results.
Mark holds multiple certifications in the industry, and is an instructor for NESTA and its Personal Fitness Trainer designation (PFT). To date, Mark has certified over 500 Personal Fitness Trainers and has therefore had a direct influence in the fitness industry as he travels from coast to coast and all points in between. He believes in the value of life quality by keeping people moving and healthy, regardless of circumstance or situation.
Director of Research and Development, Success Design International
Co-Founder of Hemispheric Integration, Leader Instructor for the Spencer Institute
As a neuro-psycho emotional researcher, Al began the development of HI in 1996 at the Institute for the Advanced Studies of Health World Health Course, studying how our language indicates our thinking which then influences physical and emotional healing. His project thesis focused on the structure of visualizing abilities and skills – this is where he discovered that instead of one mind’s eye – we actually have two!
This revolutionary awareness is documented in Al’s book, The Other Mind’s Eye: The Gateway to the Hidden Treasures of Your Mind. He explains the basic cognitive functions of the hemispheres of the brain as they relate to our ability to be proactive. Al continues to develop tools for accessing the information and integrating the perceptions in each hemisphere in order to resolve internal conflicts and achieve goals. After years of researching the structure of grief, Al has designed a blueprint for a ground-breaking step back to the natural process of grieving, which he details in his second book, Moving Through Grief with Grace and Dignity, the Way Nature Intended.
Al’s love for bringing more enjoyment and success into a person’s life has carried into SDI’s advanced format of training. His passion is guiding someone in discovering their true essence of being, to know that no matter what the circumstances, peace, confidence and congruency will prevail. Prior to entering the field of intellectual research and personal growth, Al was a golf professional and coach. Al and Marilyn were an integral part of the educational team that led Moorpark High School to win numerous CA State Academic Decathlon Championships and then on to winning the National Championship for five years. They coached the students in creating states of focus, confidence and determination, and prepared for them for Speech and Interview competitions.
Founder and Co-Owner of Success Design International, Leader Instructor for the Spencer Institute
Education – Experience
Marilyn is a teacher at heart – this is her gift and her passion.
Her educational experience and certifications are:
- AA degree in Physical Education
- Certification in Early Childhood Education
- Director of a pre-school specializing in dance, music and the arts, as well as academic basics.
- Teaching credential with the Royal of Dance, London, England with an emphasis in anatomy, education and performance.
- Established the Ballet Studio by the Sea in Malibu, CA in 1978
- Formed The Malibu Ballet Society – a community non-profit organization
- Certified Practitioner – 1986, Master Practitioner – 1988 and Trainer -1990 in the field of neuro-linguistics and communication skills.
- BA in Psychology from Antioch University
- Founded Success Design International
- Subject Expert at Wexford University – MA and PsyD in Sport Psychology
1996 was a major life turning point when she and Al Sargent met at the Institute for the Advanced Studies of Health World Training. With neuro-linguistics as their communication foundation, Al’s discovery of the Other Mind’s Eye, and their extensive research in the structure of how the brain processes information, together they have developed the field of Cognitive-Emotional Re-Alignment with Hemispheric Integration. She and Al have traveled extensively in the US and internationally teaching workshops, seminars and presenting at conferences.
With her clear, precise teaching style and gentle compassion, Marilyn’s mission is to support others in being the best they can be and to make a positive difference in the world. Her specialties include:
- Relieving anxiety disorders, phobic reactions, and PTSD.
- Conflict prevention and resolution and stress management.
- Assisting adults and children with learning difficulties such as ADD/ADHD, how to build strategies and skills to overcome social and emotional. challenges.
- Business clients request her expertise in leadership and management tools, negotiation skills, improving presentations and productive meetings.
As an expert in educational development, Marilyn maintains a full time consulting and coaching practice for individuals, couples, organizations, and corporate clients, both in person or via SKYPE.
Kristen Willeumier, PhD, is a neuroscientist with knowledge on how the brain is affected by health, nutrition and the impact of concussions. Dr. Willeumier served as the Director of Research for the Amen Clinics from 2009-2016 to help advance the research mission of exploring how brain SPECT imaging can transform clinical practice. She has authored or co-authored 44 scientific manuscripts in peer reviewed journals. Areas of published research include traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, autism, biomarkers of suicide, obesity, gender differences in brain function, clinical outcomes, and brain rehabilitation. Together with Dr. Amen and colleagues, she led a clinical research trial investigating the long-term effects of repetitive subconcussive impacts in NFL football players. Subsequent work focused on therapeutic approaches to rehabilitate brain function in athletes. Dr.Willeumier is on the Scientific Advisory Board of Tate Technology, LLCTM a sports safety technology think-tank licensing firm that has developed innovative technology from helmets to protective gear, which is applicable to athletes, military and police.
Dr. Willeumier conducted her graduate research in the laboratory of Neurophysiology under the direction of Felix Schweitzer at the University of California, Los Angeles and the laboratory of Neurogenetics under the direction of Stefan Pulst at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center using live cell imaging to investigate mechanisms of synaptic signaling in Parkinson’s disease. She received MS degrees in physiological science and neurobiology and a PhD degree in neurobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she continued her work in the field of neurodegenerative disease. She was the recipient of the prestigious NIH fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the molecular mechanisms underlying Parkinson’s disease and has presented her work at national and international scientific meetings including the Society for Neuroscience, Gordon Conference and the World Brain Mapping Conference.
Kelli Ellis, interior designer and lifelong traveler, represents the epitome of livable luxury, casual international style mixed with rock star glam. Her celebrity and discerning clientele benefit from her extensive world travels,adding dramatic artwork and unique accessories used to create havens. Her influences translate to her new furniture collection with Sunpan debuting Spring of 2018, her art collection with Leftbank Art, the luxe Kelli Ellis Collection for Tilebar. , a linen collection with Instalinen debuting in 2018, her art glass line with Frates and her whimsy outdoor rug line for Jaipur Rugs International.
An accomplished interior designer, Certified Life Coach and Design Psychology Coach, Kelli received her Certification in Interior Design from the Interior Design Institute in California. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing from California State University Fullerton, a Law school education from Western State University and a liberal arts education from The University of London. Her international schooling and extensive travel have given Kelli a unique perspective in her design work, which has been published in numerous national and international magazines including Traditional Home, Angeleno Modern Luxury, Riviera Modern Luxury, LUXE Magazine, CA Home and Lifestyle, Better Homes and Gardens, Las Vegas Luxury Magazine, Image, Dabble Magazine and Hearst publications Nationwide. Kelli is a proud member of the Board of Director’s for Miracles for Kids lending her name and time to her passion project; aiding Orange County’s children in need.
You’ve likely seen Kelli as the featured designer on TLC’s Clean Sweep, HGTV‘s Takeover my Makeover, and productions of Value Booster’s, Move or Improve, and The House Therapist. You’ve watched Kelli design homes and offices on Bravo’s, Real Housewives of Orange County. On HGTV’s #1 Holiday hit, Celebrity Holiday Homes, and is a guest designer on HGTV’s current hit show, House Hunters Renovation. Kelli proudly stars in her own show on The Design Network, Design Therapy. And just in: Kelli will be guest designing on a hit show in London, late 2017!
Kelli has many internationally recognized celebrity clients designing their homes and businesses; Maria Menounos (E! Network), Robert and Kym Herjavec (Shark Tank/DWTS), Ashley Greene (Twilight) and Paul Khoory (Lookai), Sasha Farber and Emma Slater (DWTS) to name a few.
The web knows Kelli from RST Brands Ambassador, eHow.com, AT&T Business Circle , and blog expert for Ziploc and Clorox. You’ve heard her give decor and “Design Psychology” advice on HGTV Radio, Sirius Radio with celebrity client, E! Network’s, Maria Menounos, and BlogTalk Radio. She is also a regular keynote and panelist at High Point Market, Las Vegas Market, Atlanta Market, Seattle Market, Dallas Market, Modernism, and Maison Objet in Paris.
Awards: Riviera Magazine recently gave Kelli the Best of OC, and Top 5 Favorite Designers status. She is Luxury Magazine’s “Editor’s Top 10 Designers” and also voted “Top Interior Designer in Orange County” by OC Metro magazine. Kelli is also a featured expert in the global documentaries, “The Compass”, “Riches”, and “The Vow”. Kelli was also nominated for “Remarkable Woman of the Year” by NAWBO, National Association of Women Business Owners, Orange County’s outstanding Women in Business keynote and nominee, panelist at the Women of Influence conference, Blogher, and opening panelist for High Point Market.
As a Certified Life Strategies Coach and the leading CDPC, she has created the Certified Design Psychology Coaching program through the nationally accredited, Spencer Institute. As a follow-up, She has authored the ”Design Psychology” book entitled, “Do I look skinny in this house?”
To bring education to all designers, she co-created Interior Design Camp and Design Campus, the world’s leading interior design conference, educating thousands of interior designers, decorators, and design lovers nationally and internationally. And most recently the creator of the DESIGN MasterMind, coaching top designers from across the country.