John DE GROOT

Profile Updated: January 12, 2022
John DE GROOT
John DE GROOT

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John DE GROOT

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John DE GROOT

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Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Santa Rosa, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Karen
Homepage: www.degrootassociates.com
Occupation: Employee & labor relations mgt. consultant
Children: Aimee, born 1970. Worked for Aruba Networks which HP bought. Has moved-on with Lattice Semi-conductor More…and Broadcom, and now with Automation Anywhere in the San Jose area as a Director of HR. 2 grandsons, oldest in the Marine Corp, youngest a Junior in high school.
Military Service: U.S. Army  
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After teaching in California's school system,helped manage political campaigns for public office. Was a negotiator and organizer for two different unions - CTA/NEA and the California Nurses' Assn. Then, woke-up and saw the light. Now, 30+ years in HR & labor relations consulting practices. Our expertise is in management training and development, counter-union campaign management, creating effective organizational communications, and negotiating CBA's. We coach & advise in crisis management, as well as just plain solving organizational problems.

School Story:

B.A., California Teaching Credentials, Social Science, Business, & Education
Began at University of Arizona, after U.S. Army tour G.I. Bill at Foothill College, and then San Jose State. Delta Chi at Arizona, Vets Club and Student Body President at Foothill.

Besides pursuing professional practice interests in our consulting practice, enjoy giving back to my community philanthropically, fly-fishing, gardening, and sipping some of the best Pinot & Zin produced in Sonoma County.

Have been, or am, active in Vietnam Veterans of America, American Society for Training and Development, Northern California Human Resources Association, Professional Association of Sonoma County, and the American Heart Association. Was a Trustee for Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, and am now on their Community Advisory Board.

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Jan 12, 2022 at 10:28 AM
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Jan 12, 2022 at 10:19 AM

Marcia and I sat next to each other in either a civics or history class. We became friends, and she shared that she would love to become a cheerleader but didn't know enought people because she wasn't popular enough. I told her it shouldn't matter, because if she ran a good campaign she would have a good shot. Marcia's was my first sucessful campaign and she became our Head Cheerleader. I think it was that involvement and experience which led to she, Penny, and Joan becoming such good friends. 

During the football season of 1960 I asked Marcia about not having a "Don" mascot. I shared with her an idea that I had involving John Bomberger and I. She thought it was stellar. And so began the capers of "Don" De Groot & side-kick "Pancho" Bomberger (with Miss Worthing's blessing). With me pulling our little red wagon, and "Pancho" hanging on, we wrecked havoc with opposing bands - until Alex Winchester told us to knock-it-off.

Marcia was an unassuming, sincere, and genuine friend. I appreciate the bio Gary Miller included as her obit. I truly enjoyed being caught-up with Marcia's milestone life events. Rest gently Marcia. 

 

 

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Mar 09, 2021 at 3:40 PM

What a great guy, he will be sorely missed. Some may even remember the meaning of "no overlap" (especially Larry Somerton). But regardless, Greg's own words in terms of who he was shouldn't be missed. RIP Greg! I'll miss you, and will always remember who you were.

John De Groot

Oct 05, 2020 at 8:32 AM

Good luck on that Bob! I'm sure you'll come out better than ever. And, on another topic, a big thanks for all your time & energy on behalf of our class.

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John Bomberger on left, and me circa 1960
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