JAMES P. CROCKER
James Crocker has always had a strong creative side. Growing up in the hills of Pennsylvania with his 4 brothers and with no TV in the house gave ample opportunity to fidget with every gadget under the sun. Especially those that didn’t work anymore like a toaster, or a 8 track tape player or a sweeper with a broken belt.
James is best known now around the world for the innovations he has brought to the high pressure waterjet industry, more specifically in the application of removing all types of paint markings from roadways and runways as well as the removal of rubber deposits from runways using super high pressure water.
James credits his God given creativity and natural curiosity for the creation of the original Stripe Hog machines and the many inventions now to his credit. Years later the robust engineering department at Waterblasting has created many new remarkable inventions of its’ own and James is still very active in that department. The Stripe Hog has become the undisputed world leader on Roads & Runways placing units in over 50 countries in just the last 11 years. In fact there are now more Stripe Hog waterjet machines around the globe than its’ top 5 competitors combined, according to a recent third party market study. James has received countless industry awards and has built the Waterblasting business from a small $1,200 pressure washer his friend Kenny Hobbs sold to him to what it is today.
The biggest turning point came just 13 years ago when James other friend (he only has 2) Scott Fay, introduced him to the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C Maxwell. “ I grew the business 4,200% in the following 9 years”, according to James. “Learning those laws and living by them has make an amazing difference in my life and business”.
James is currently devoting some of his time and creativity to create fun and catchy spoken word to teach children leadership principles at a very young age. Spoken word is an oral art that focuses on the aesthetics of word play, intonation and voice inflection. James believes that teaching kids in this entertaining fashion helps demonstrate how to think successfully and will put them miles ahead later in life.
While traveling in Dubai in 2010, James had what he refers to as his first “Poetic Seizure”. Many moments of inspiration have since followed but the focus of his messages changed while taking John Maxwell Alligator hunting in 2012. Johns’ leadership books radically changed the trajectory of James career after reading one of Johns’ best sellers, “The 21 Irrefutable laws of leadership”. On the way to the swamp hunt with John, James was reciting “Journey to the Swamp” when it occurred to him that kids could really benefit from fun rhymey books that include valuable life lessons. Because of his own transformation resulting from books he read much later in life, it’s no wonder his work focuses on the building blocks of successful thinking and values for kids.