Joe and Jenn Wheeling

John Liu

Joe and Jenn met at Colorado State University and have been married for 37 years. We have raised two dynamic daughters, an attorney and a CPA, both living on the East Coast. Joe has his MBA from The Wharton School of Business and worked in the corporate hospitality business until he retired in 2009 as the CEO of Red Roof Inns. During Joe’s corporate career, Jenn homeschooled our daughters and started the organic farm we still nurture to this day. After Joe’s retirement, we partnered with Jenn’s parents in James Ranch Beef while still running the farm and giving ranch tours.
During Joe’s corporate time, he participated in a few meetings. It was during this time that he was exposed to the Delegated Meeting Process created by Alain Cardon. After realizing its effectiveness, Joe knew he had to bring the process home to the James family.
As a multigenerational ranch family who hold their businesses independently while managing the 400 acre ranch by consensus, meetings are vital to our success. Before DMP, our quarterly meetings were day long affairs where the dominant dominated, the reserved stayed quiet and oodles of side conversations throttled decisions. Factor in small children and their schedules and our meetings were frustrating wastes of time and energy.
Once we learned of and adopted DMP, we embraced structure and responsibility while encouraging personal development and streamlined decision making. Now, our meetings are productive and fulfilling each and every time.


Meetings don’t need to be worse than a root canal!

We will share the roles and rules associated with the James Family’s adaptation of the Delegated Meeting Process. Our aim is to give attendees the tools to improve communication and personal responsibility for positive outcome meetings.