John Harrison

Vice President, Sales

About John

Team Member Since 2019

John, our Vice President of Sales, has extensive work experience in both direct sales and sales leadership roles. Following his graduation from The Citadel, John joined Datastream in 1995, where he served in a variety of sales roles through 2006 and was responsible for building the State and Local Government Sales team. John completed his MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Clemson University in 2021, and he now teaches Sales Process Management in the Clemson MBA Corporate Program. He joined KeyMark in 2019 and is responsible for our Sales, Solution Architect and Sales Operation teams.
Things you should know about John:
  • My wife Brantley rescued a baby squirrel in 2009 and we named her Bella. The Dodo released a story about her in April 2018 and it went viral on Facebook, reaching over 75 million views. I wrote a children’s book about the experience called “Bella the Squirrel.”
  • We have 4 dogs (Adele the Bulldog, Amos the Boston, Andy the Lab Mix, and Henry the Boxer) and 2 human boys (Evans and Fox)
  • I once broke my humerus in half throwing a fastball. It was going to be the fastest ball I ever threw. It hurt bad!

Q&A with John

What music do you listen to when no one is around?

In my office – classical music (Mozart, Bach, Beethoven.) In my car – Zeppelin, Zach Bryan, Jack Johnson and Pearl Jam. Working out – Classic Hip-Hop and some old alternative stuff (Tupac, OutKast, Jurassic 5, Nas, Tool, Limp Bizkit, RATM.)

If you could tell the next generation one thing, what would it be?

Put the phone down and live in the moment. I tell my generation this as well.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

Riding my bike, competing in triathlon and cycling events, Live music (Red Rocks), hiking, Clemson and Citadel sports, spending time with friends and family, and binge-watching Netflix and Prime with my wife Brantley.

What is your favorite quote, and why?

“Carpe Diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” – John Keating, Dead Poets Society This is how I try to live life every day!

If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be?

In the mountains on my bike or on a hiking trail.

What’s the biggest life lesson you learned the hard way?

Every second we spend angry is a second we will never get back. We only live once…get over it, move on, be happy! As Ted Lasso said, “You know what the happiest animal on earth is? It’s a goldfish. You know why? It’s got a 10-second memory. Be a goldfish.”

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