Experience & Qualifications

For promoting health in client organizations

J. Morris Hicks

Since deciding to major in Industrial Engineering at Auburn University in 1965, my entire career has prepared me for what I am now doing—helping organizations of all types and all industries promote health among their workforce, sharply lower the cost of healthcare and improve overall productivity.

Leveraging the skills that I have been honing for over forty years, I am now fully prepared to tackle the next, and most important, phase of my career. I now have the requisite “10,000 hours” in the field of promoting health with superior nutrition. This page outlines all of  that preparation—first a ten-point summary of my business background followed by a similar summary of my readiness for leading the process of promoting health within client organizations.

Business Career Background Summary

  1. BS Industrial Engineering, Auburn University — June 1968, where I first learned that “any process could be improved.” Throughout my career, I have always searched for the greatest process improvement opportunities—the ones that would give us the best “bang for the buck.”
  2. MBA, University of Hawaii — September 1971
  3. Served for three years in the United States Coast Guard. As officer-in-charge of USCG Retail Operations in Honolulu, I began my long career in process (and sales) improvement.
  4. Fifteen years as a general business consultant, always leveraging my skills in process improvement to increase profitability for my clients: companies like Holiday Inns, Jockey International, and ITT.
  5. Fifteen years as a senior business executive with roles such as division president or Executive Vice President with such prominent prominent companies as: Oxford Industries, Rollins, Nautica and Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation.
  6. Manufacturing. Directed a project that resulted in a 700% increase in productivity in a factory in Puerto Rico.
  7. Quality. Working for the world’s largest hotel chain, oversaw a complete overhaul of global quality control procedures—resulting in improved productivity, lower costs of inspection and better overall quality.
  8. Sales. Oversaw the total reorganization of all sales and marketing processes at Jockey International—resulting in higher sales and sharply lower selling costs per unit.
  9. Operations. Managed a company-wide logistics overhaul that greatly improving service to the customer and generating savings in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
  10. Leadership. In the last decade, my focus has been on identifying and recruiting leaders for my clients. During this phase of my career, I have learned a great deal about the importance of leadership and its crucial necessity for anything worthwhile.

Summary of Experience in Health Promotion

Since beginning my study of this topic in 2002, I have made it my business to get to know the “movers and shakers” in this field. And I am pleased to announce that eleven of them have endorsed my book, including:

  • Dr. T. Colin Campbell of Cornell
  • Dr. Dean Ornish of UCSF School of Medicine
  • Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., of The Cleveland Clinic. (pictured below)

Importantly, these were the three men who influenced President Clinton to adopt their recommended health-promoting diet style in 2010.

J. Morris Hicks introduces Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn at the Stonington Harbor Yacht Club in Connecticut.

The following ten-point summary documents my readiness for the type of consulting that I am proposing to do:

1.     Author of recently published “Healthy Eating, Healthy World,” (BenBella, 2011), foreword by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and endorsed by ten other prominent people, including Dr. Ornish and Dr. Esselstyn.

2.     Member of the Board of Directors of the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, which is currently training 2,000 people a year in Plant-Based Nutrition; 500 of them are physicians who are earning continuing medical education credits.

3. Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation/eCornell (2009). tcolincampbell.org

4. Writing for the Food Channel. In early 2012, began writing a weekly column on the foodchannel.com as a guest correspondent. Click here for my author’s page at Food Channel.

5. Featured VegSource Blogger. Since February of 2011, I have been a featured weekly blogger on VegSource.com.

6.     Creator of  extensive international blog/website for promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth. Currently nearing my 600th consecutive daily blog. Now seen in over 150 countries. (www.hpjmh.com)

7. Creator of the 4Leaf Program for promoting health by focusing on maximizing our percent of calories from whole, plant-based foods. (www.4leafprogram.com)

8. Creator of the 4Leaf Diagnostic Survey for estimating the approximate percentage of daily calories from whole plants—without counting calories. 4Leaf Survey.

9. Active speaker and consultant. Have spoken dozens of times in the past year—most notably in university settings at the University of Kentucky and at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell reviewing book manuscript with J. Morris Hicks in Ithaca, NY in December of 2010.

10. Gratifying results. In the past ten years, as a result of my book, my daily blog and my health coaching, I have helped thousands of people around the world take charge of their health, lose weight—-and save money on drugs, going to the doctor and future nursing homes. Read through some of the 100+ comments listed here.

The Bottom Line. The very best part of all of this is the exhilarating feeling of making a difference. Not only are we helping people take charge of their own health—the entire world stands to benefit greatly from their all-important new dietary choices.

By choosing plant-based foods, we all help to curb world hunger, conserve water & energy, protect our environment, lessen global warming, and nurture the fragile harmony of our ecosystem; thereby, helping to provide for the longterm sustainability of the human race.

Real world example. Promoting health and saving money at Whole Foods Market This  blogpost includes a powerful 13-minute video featuring the CEO of Whole Foods.

Now Scheduling Initial Consultations

If this sounds interesting to you, please give me a call and let’s get together for an initial visit (917-399-9700) or jmorrishicks@me.com. If you’re not the top executive in your organization, maybe you could interest him/her in sponsoring a 4Leaf Challenge where you work. Or maybe you know of someone who might be interested in doing something wonderful for their team—wherever they might be working.

Blogging daily at hpjmh.com…from the seaside village of Stonington, Connecticut –

—J. Morris Hicks

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