Biography

Career Summary

As a business manager, Jonathan Scott was credited with tripling productivity, reducing costs by up to 40%, and increasing net profits by over 50%. In addition, he pioneered multi-million dollar projects in parts of the world where they previously did not exist and improved one business so much it was later acclaimed (and documented) as "the best (of its kind) in the country".

To date, Scott has accumulated over twenty-eight years of work and managerial experience in North America, the Middle East, Europe, and South America and Asia. Along the way he turned-around three businesses (one occurred in a war zone).

Now, as an award-winning university lecturer and educator, Scott teaches (please click on 'Testimonials' above) at institutes such as the Equis-accredited, Kozminski University in Warsaw, Poland (Poland's highest ranked business school and 'one of the 50 leading business schools in Europe'), the Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University), which is rated as the 24th best business school in the world, Bradford University (Bradford, UK), ranked as Europe's fifth best business management institute, and the Audencia Nantes Business School (one of France's elite 'Grand Ecoles') in Nantes, France. He has also taught at the University of Perugia (Italy).
In addition to his academic responsibilities, Scott is the founder and director of the Center for Industrial Productivity and Sustainability, which works in conjunction with the Product-Life Institute (Geneva, Switzerland), the European Foundation for Management Development (Brussels, Belgium), and the Global Wind Energy Association (Bonn, Germany) to help generate long-term wealth, facilitate job creation, and maximize resource efficiency. His speciality subjects include entrepreneurship, management, and sustainability.

Scott's book include: Fundamentals of Leisure Business Success (1998) and the award-winning trio The Concise Handbook of Management (2005), Managing the New Frontiers (2008) and The Entrepreneur's Guide to Building a Successful Business (2009). The Sustainable Business, published by the European Foundation of Management Development, was disseminated in 2010 to over 1.3 million people worldwide and has been translated into Mandarin Chinese. Translations into Russian, Polish, French, Spanish and Portuguese are currently underway.
Scott has also written three novels Expedition (2004), Days Captive (2004) and the critically-acclaimed action/adventure On Wings (2007).
Currently, he resides in Europe.

The Details
(the following information was derived from an interview given to the Nottingham Evening Post (Nottingham, England) in 2000

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Jonathan Scott lived in nine different states before earning a B.Sc. from Florida State University in 1987.
In addition, he has lived and/or worked in nine different countries (the USA, Saudi Arabia, France, the UK, Poland, Mauritius, Venezuela, Italy and the Netherlands) and visited dozens of others. He holds MBA and MA degrees from universities in London, England and Warsaw, Poland respectively.

Scott's career began in 1986 when he was asked to help develop a health club in Caracas, Venezuela. Three years later, he found himself in the Middle East working as an on-site supervisor in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia managing a diverse array of facilities for thousands of expatriates and their families (from over 70 different countries). A year into the job, while away on an assignment, he was named as the head of the company’s troubled two-channel cable television studio. Simply put, no one else wanted the position. Within two weeks, the improvement in quality he produced resulted in a complete turn-around.
Shortly thereafter, the Gulf War broke out and Riyadh underwent fourteen nights of SCUD missile attacks. Throughout, Scott kept the business up and running, providing the only local English-language broadcasting service in the community.

Scott’s next management position sent him back to the Middle East as the head of a private, multi-million dollar business that employed a workforce from over eleven different countries and served a client base representing 52 different nationalities. What his employers neglected to mention during the interview, however, was that the company had been insolvent for over ten years. It became Scott's second turn-around. While there, he was recognized for producing ‘the best (leisure business) in the country’.

With a secure reputation for turning around money-losers, Scott was next named as the Managing Director of another insolvent company. This one involved managing several different enterprises under one roof as well as the building of a golf course near the Red Sea coast - a part of the world where the building of a golf course with grass had never been attempted. After six months, his third business turn-around was sealed.

Scott was later invited to Mauritius as the General Manager of a large theme park start-up, but when the owners showed a disinterest in pursuing basic safety standards, he left. Shortly thereafter he was offered the opportunity to become a business and management teacher.

Currently on his fourth passport, Scott's experiences include a Middle East war, a major terrorist attack in his former London neighborhood, and an angry elephant in the Masai Mara game park in Kenya. A dedicated fitness buff as well as an amateur climber and writer, he hopes that one day he'll settle down.