About the author
John Collins is an executive leadership coach specializing in working with people, teams, and
organizations in positions of public trust. He started his private practice in 2013 after retiring
his award-winning, 20-year career in forensic science, having served as the director of forensic
science for the State of Michigan. He is also the author of three books on leadership, professionalism, and public policy in forensic science. As a facilitator, John's range of experience is
unmatched, having facilitated corporate strategy retreats, as well as highly sensitive domestic and international meetings on behalf of the United States Government. John's career highlights include his part in the forensic investigation of the Atlanta serial bombings, which included the bombing of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta (for which he received a commendation from the Department of the Treasury), as well as his 2013 participation in a historic meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and other experts to discuss solutions to gun violence following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. In his practice, John combines principles of executive coaching and leadership education with forensic analytical methods that quickly and accurately identify opportunities for his clients to improve their professional effectiveness. John has a master's degree in Organizational Management and is formally certified as a senior HR professional by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). In 2012, John was trained as a professional coach by the College of Executive Coaching, and he became certified as a Gallup Strengths Coach in 2022. He lives and works near Detroit.