Jeff Appelquist is the founder and president of Blue Knight Leadership, LLC. Blue Knight has been in business since 2008. Jeff is a former U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer, practicing attorney, and corporate executive. He has more than twenty years experience both as an entrepreneur and small business owner, and as a leader in Fortune 100 companies. He is also an award-winning author and expert in American military history.
Jeff has called upon his many years of widely varied professional experiences to create a unique and powerful individual leadership and team development program. He is a nationally recognized consultant, speaker, and teacher whose expertise, energy, humor, and passion help organizations forge great leaders and teams.
Jeff first two books, Sacred Ground: Leadership Lessons From Gettysburg & the Little Big Horn (2010) and Wisdom Is Not Enough: Reflections on Leadership & Teams (2011), have won numerous literary awards between them, including multiple first-place prizes in the Writer's Digest International, National Indie Excellence, and Midwest Book Awards. Jeff has also written Legacy of Excellence: A Centennial History of the Toro Company.
A former college athlete, Jeff is an avid sportsman who hunts, fishes, sails, and scuba dives. He has climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. He has a bachelors degree in political science from Carleton College and a combined law degree and masters degree in public policy and administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.