John “Boomer” Stufflebeem - Associate and Executive Coach


John “Boomer” Stufflebeem CPBC is a former professional football player and retired U.S. Navy admiral with more than thirty years’ experience in elite teamwork, executive positions and coaching executives.

He led hundreds of U.S. Military leaders coaching up to and during every major conflict since the Cold War.  He was a career warrior as an aircraft carrier fighter pilot where he developed specific expertise in people leading people during times of extreme stress including in the White House as an aide to President G.H.W. Bush carrying the “nuclear football” during the crises in Panama and Kuwait.

“Boomer” received coaching instruction from the Center for Creative Leadership as well as practiced executive leadership in successive positions of ever-increasing responsibility culminating in commanding the U.S. 6th Fleet in combat in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.  He was also a senior executive in the high-visibility environment of the Pentagon during the attacks of 9/11 where he was a crisis leader as well as the face and voice to the world from the Pentagon of the U.S. response in Afghanistan.

Since retiring from military service, John established The NJS Group, LLC for crisis and leadership management.  He has been highly sought to coach executives in a myriad number of professions including the U.S. Defense public sector, private companies in Silicon Valley, financial and wealth management firms, and NFL head coaches as well as a frequent guest expert on major news media outlets.

He is a recognized expert in coaching executives in crises utilizing a proven process from the military translating his expertise of an executive coaching executives.  His personal touch has been credited with making leaders better in every field as he has assisted them to “up their game” from the perspective of an executive, pinnacle leader and crisis manager.  He helps clients focus on the effectiveness of productivity and success as well as assists them through real world challenges.

“Boomer” is a lifetime member of the National Football League Players Association having played for the Detroit Lions before trading uniforms to become a highly decorated combat military leader.  Further, as a Veteran and former Player he serves the needs, pro bono, of U.S. Military Veterans and retired NFL Players suffering mental health issues and has himself donated his brain and spine posthumously for the study of Traumatic Brain Injury and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

John is a practical hands-on coach with extensive success in one-to-one skills for developing leaders from a burning passion for excellence acquired in the military, the most respected institution in America for leadership.  He has dedicated his life’s work to making leaders better professionally and personally.  The Stufflebeem family currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Education, Certifications, and Boards:

  • BS, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
  • Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, Washington, DC
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for International Studies, Boston, MA
  • U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA
  • University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business, Monterey, CA
  • U.S. National Defense University, Washington, DC
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Ambassadors College, Rome, Italy
  • Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Certified Professional Business Coach (CPBC), Professional Business Coaches Alliance


John’s clients have included executives from a broad array of companies including, the Lockheed Martin Corporation, ADARA Networks, Foxfire Printing and Distribution, the National Football League Players Association, Burdeshaw Associates, LLC, The American College of Financial Services/Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs, the New England Patriots, Houston Texans, and Detroit Lions, Zovio, Brown Yardley Research, Capitas Financial, and a number of individual NFL head coaches and business executives.


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