Rodney Jetton is a former Speaker of the Missouri House and a skilled communicator who has candidly shared his personal story of success, failure and forgiveness with elected officials, Christian men’s groups, student assemblies and church audiences all across America. He currently owns Targeted Communications, a content marketing company helping businesses build better relationships with their customers. He is also a partner in Second Act Strategies, a bipartisan group of former public servants who share their stories of overcoming crisis with corporations, elected officials and not-for-profit organizations. Rodney served as the marketing director for Schultz Surveying and Engineering Inc. from 2010 to 2013 where he helped double the company's revenues allowing SSE to make the Inc. 500/5000 list in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Rodney was recognized by the Springfield Business Journal as the top Marketing Director in Southwest Missouri in 2011. He founded The Missouri Times; Missouri's top newspaper covering public policy and politics. He most recently finished Son of a Preacher Man about his life growing up in the home of a Baptist preacher and he co-authored a book on crisis management- The Recovering Politician's Twelve Step Program to Survive Crisis. Rodney served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, and enjoys outdoor activities such as running, hiking, mountain biking, and fishing. He is a member of Gideons International and attends the Sanctuary of Hope Church in Branson, Missouri. Rod is also the father of three wonderful children Callie, Emily and Will. To learn more about him, go to www.rodjetton.com.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Moby dick. It had a huge impact on me because I hated reading before that story. My second grade teacher would give us a spanking if we didn't read books and write a short report and after a bunch of spankings I decided to try it. That story and Mrs. Henderson changed my life!
What do your fans mean to you?
I guess I am building readers, but I don’t consider that a fan base. What means a lot to me, and I suppose any writer is for others to tell you they like what you wrote or how you wrote it. Anytime I finish writing and someone new reads it there are anxious moments when I wonder what they thought. It’s like I feel naked and very exposed with what I have written. In politics I was writing about issues and wanting to motivate people to action, but lately I have been writing about my life and my successes and failures. I’m not a nervous person but I always wonder if what I wrote will make sense or connect with a reader, so when someone reads my books or articles and says they effected them; that is sooooo encouraging. Without that encouragement I would have stopped writing long ago.
Rodney Jetton became the second youngest House Speaker in Missouri state history only four years after being elected to the state legislature. He was a powerful force in the Republican Party and on the fast track to becoming Governor of Missouri, when his personal life exploded as he went through a very public and humiliating fall.
Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. Rodney Jetton grew up in the Seventies and Eighties as the son of a Southern Baptist preacher. Being a pastor’s son can be challenging, and his autobiography does a great job of providing us with a candid and sometimes humorous look at what goes on after the Sunday sermon.