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John in NYC walking to the NFTE retreat

Joy increases as you
 give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself. In giving it,
you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater
than you ever
believed possible.

- Norman Vincent Peale



Meet John Zitzner

John Zitzner is the President and Founder of E CITY. He is also the founder and former President and CEO of Bradley Company, a Cleveland-based software firm that began in 1983 and was acquired by Xerox Corporation in 1998. This successful organization serves major Fortune 1000 customers throughout North America.


Mr. Z with grad from the first E CITY class taught by Mr. Z
Under John’s leadership, Bradley Company grew from 2 employees to over 40. John was a finalist in the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year competition. In addition, his company gained a place on the Weatherhead 100, finishing first in the “upstart company” category.  Bradley Company also earned a spot in the Inc. 500 in the early 1990’s, which is a recognition of the fastest growing privately held companies in America.  Bradley Company achieved recognition for its outstanding customer service and its loyal employee base. It was a winner of the North Coast 99…"best companies to work for in Northern Ohio" in 2000 and in 2001. 
John at the Browns, Brats & E CITY Day John learning new a dance move  at the fall retreat
In 2000, John made a commitment to partner with NFTE, The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and bring its award-winning entrepreneurship curriculum to teens in Cleveland.  His dream was to teach them that they could do what he had done.  He founded E CITY: Entrepreneurship- connecting, inspiring and teaching youth, with the following mission: 

to teach entrepreneurship to low-income
young people in the Cleveland area by improving their academic, business,
 technology and life skills so that they
can become economically productive
 members of society and break the
cycle of poverty in their communities.

Mr. Z helping students with their  bizplans.
NFTE is a highly successful nonprofit organization founded by Steve Mariotti in 1987 in New York City. 

John is a graduate of Wittenberg University, an Elder at Fairmount Presbyterian Church and a member of Leadership Cleveland. He has studied nonprofit organizational management at the Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School.

Mr. Z with student and her products preparing to present her business plan.

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