John Baltes, 45, of The Journey Group

John Baltes, 45
John Baltes, 45

Many long-term clients of Journey Group would recognize the language immediately: “We are thrilled to come alongside and partner with you” … “It’s a delight and a privilege to present our ideas” … “let’s move ahead in the spirit of relationship.” John Baltes for years served as the public face of Journey with an undisguised joy that withers the cynic. It never took long to discover, in all those conference calls and meetings, that John really was thrilled, delighted and privileged to be engaged in this work. Delight was, for John, never a thing to be conserved.

We lost a giant today. Following a months-long battle with cancer, John Baltes passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his wife, Kristin, and children, Rachel and Jake, his parents and other close family. He was 45 years old. By our lights, that’s far too young.

Read more about John here.