Flying Fishbiz Futures Consulting is owned by John Yokoymama, who bought the business as a small fish stand. He quickly realized his investment, and built a very successful business, which he now attempts to teach to others.
John Yokoyama Owner, World Famous Pike Place Fish John Yokoyama purchased Pike Place Fish in 1965. At that time, John was one of several employees of the quiet, unassuming little fish stand. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to sell the business, John's employer offered him the opportunity to purchase Pike Place Fish. As a young man of 25, John was at first hesitant to buy the business. However, the monthly payments on his new 1965 Buick Riviera were taking most of his pay. He decided he could do better on an owner's salary and went ahead and bought the company...so, originally, John purchased Pike Place Fish so that he could make his car payments - amazing how things have turned out!
Over the years humble little Pike Place Fish became "World Famous" Pike Place Fish, a dynamic, fast-paced retail fish market that's fun for both customers and employees! The antics of the fish-flinging staff have become the highlight of the Pike Place Market, and have been featured in Spike Lee's Levi commercial, on NBC's "Frasier," MTV's "Real World," and ABC's "Good Morning America". The "low-flying fish" have been captured on film and immortalized in print by filmmakers and journalists from all over the world. In 1996, Charthouse Educational Corporation produced two award winning corporate training films, "Fish" and "Fish Sticks". These two videos document the amazing culture of Pike Place Fish and have become the best selling corporate training videos in the world. In a CNN Special Report on January 26, 2001, CNN identified the three most fun places to work in the United States.
The World Famous Pike Place Fish Market was #1!At the company website, www.pikeplacefish.com, John has received many requests from other businesses and organizations to coach and instruct them on the underlying principles that have given shape to his company. To accommodate these requests, John, along with his coach/consultant, Jim Bergquist from bizFutures Consulting Company, has formed a new company, The Flying Fish/bizFutures Consulting Team, LLC.The Team now travels to company conventions and special events where John and the Fishmongers deliver their Fish Wisdom in a way that is fun, educational and inspiring. The team also produces an array of very effective mini-workshops for managers and employees as well as a seminar entitled "INSIDE-OUT: Principles for Creating a Vital Workplace" which is held periodically in Seattle, WA.
Jim Bergquist Founder, bizFutures Consulting Company Jim Bergquist has had a long career as an executive coach, meeting facilitator and seminar leader. In 1983, he founded bizFutures Consulting Company, a management consulting firm that specializes in transformational consulting. His company operates from a powerful intention to show owners and managers how to produce creative organizations, i.e., organizations designed to release and fully utilize people's natural creativity. Jim says, "When people are empowered to play 100 percent at their jobs, the results are truly amazing." The results of his work have been featured recently in two best-selling videos called "Fish" and "Fishsticks". The videos capture the amazing culture of World Famous Pike Place Fish.