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John and Mark Cronin          

Co-Founders of John’s Crazy Socks

John Cronin is a young man with Down syndrome who co-founded John’s Crazy Socks with his Dad, Mark. In John’s Crazy Socks, the two have created a social enterprise that has both a mission to spread happiness and show what people with differing abilities can do. John and Mark have enthralled and connected with audiences large and small across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The make audiences laugh, cheer, think and sometimes shed a few tears. And they lead to a standing ovation when the two finish speaking.

John and Mark will share how they started with a dream and built it into a business that not only earned $10 million in three years, but changes lives. They will share how a mission driven business connects them with customers, employees and the community. They will show how hiring people with differing abilities is not altruism, but good business. And how it is not enough to just sell stuff, how giving back is essential to their business. Every time this father son duo stands in front of an audience, they change the way people think about those with differing abilities and about their own lives. As one organizer wrote after hearing John and Mark, “You truly spread happiness to all who were in the room last night...”

They are the real deal. John and Mark have testified twice before the U.S. Congress, spoken at the United Nations and been named Entrepreneurs of the Year by EY. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella selected John as one of the ten people who inspired him most in 2018. John and former President George HW. Bush became “sock buddies” and exchanged letters and socks. The former President tweeted out pictures of him wearing John’s socks and wore socks John sent him to honor his wife, Barbara Bush, at her funeral in April 2018. John and Mark will prepare a talk tailored specifically for your event and audience. They will speak with you in advance to ensure that they understand what you want to achieve and what issues you want them to address.

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New York entrepreneur with Down Syndrome wants to unite Congress through socks

A New York man with special needs is using his entrepreneurial spirit to unite Congress. John Cronin, the award-winning co-founder of John's Crazy Socks, told "Fox News Primetime" he hopes to end congressional infighting with his creative footwear. Cronin, the first businessman with Down syndrome to win the Entrepreneur Of The Year: New York award, told host Rachel Campos-Duffy his goal is to gift a pair of socks to every one of the 535 members of Congress.

John and Mark Cronin Spoke at the U.S. State Department on Issues of Entrepreneurship and Empowering People with Differing Abilities

John and Mark Cronin, co-founders of John’s Crazy Socks, spoke at the U.S. State Department today and met with economic development and human rights staff. They addressed issues of entrepreneurism and empowering people with differing abilities. The two men are now part of the speaker’s bureau in the State Department’s International Information Programs. “We want to show the world what is possible when you give someone with a differing ability an opportunity,” said John Cronin.

John's Crazy Socks co-founder becomes 1st person with Down syndrome to win major entrepreneurs' award

John Cronin, 23, co-founder and "Chief Happiness Officer" of John’s Crazy Socks, just won an Entrepreneur Of The Year award and celebrated his huge achievement on "The Story with Martha MacCallum." He’s the first businessman with Down syndrome to win the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 New York award. “I am,” he exclaimed about his multihyphenate role: entrepreneur, philanthropist, and businessman.

How this 22-year-old with Down syndrome built a multimillion-dollar business off his love of crazy socks

In a small warehouse in Melville, New York — a town located on Long Island — dozens of shelves of neatly organized bins hold colorful socks featuring every playful print imaginable. There are socks featuring avocados; socks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s face; socks that look like Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” painting; socks with sloths.

Sock business is booming for man with Down syndrome

It’s a company with a straightforward mission: Make people happy through socks. The colorful footwear sold by John’s Crazy Socks is certainly unique not only for its designs but also for the person who came up with the company. John Cronin, 21, of Huntington, New York, has Down syndrome — and his company could make as much as a million dollars in revenue before it closes out its first year of business.

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