J. Barry Watts

Why book J. Barry Watts?

Look around you. Everything you see was first a thought in somebody's mind. THOUGHTS become THINGS, therefore what you think really matters; it shapes what you produce in your life. When Barry speaks his aim is first to get people to think, then to help them think along a path whose boundaries are marked by specific principles that produce success. Barry's mission as a speaker is to help people transform how they think so they can get traction and begin to produce the life they want. The ultimate result is helping people go from an occasional great day, to a pervasive, internal sense of YES! about their whole life. That's Abundant Living! And that's why Barry is "The Ambassador of Life!"



Ear popping!

Barry provides extreme passion and high energy when he delivers his speeches! You will not be bored or disappointed. He presents material that is practical and effective in everyday life. You will definitely leave his presentation thinking it was beneficial!

Reviewer: Noah A.
Event: Corporate Event in Springfield, MO
Event Date: Jan 12, 2012

Insightful and inspiring

I have used Barry as a speaker/trainer for my office. He brings a direct presentation that cuts to the heart of what it means to succeed. As Barry speaks, I can see the lights turn on as employees working for a paycheck suddenly become contributing members of a team focused on success as a goal, rather than just getting a paycheck.

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: Will W.
Organization: Worsham Law Firm
Event: Corporate Event in Springfield, MO
Event Date: Nov 2, 2010
Hired As: Leadership/Success Speaker

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 15 - 40 minutes
  • Fee: Dependent on type & location of engagement.
  • Languages: English


Snorers will awaken. Snoozers will be shaken. Barry will challenge their thinking, make them laugh, and then...at just the right moment bear down with a poignant point that pierces to the heart of the matter and challenges people to rise up to their destiny because people are depending on them. .

Additional Booking Notes

Depending on the venue there may be a few special things needed, but Barry tries to be a low maintenance guest at your event.

J. Barry Watts

J. Barry Watts has successfully engaged in an incredibly diverse array of professional endeavors over nearly 30 years. He has been a Certified Financial Planner, founder of a firm trading securities on Wall Street, a real estate developer and investor, an author and teacher, and CEO of a publicly traded company. He is a serial-entrepreneur founding, growing and transitioning out of a half-dozen different companies.

Barry's team transforms communities, having bought, rehabbed and sold over 400 single-family residences in the past five years while building the #1 performing franchise (out of 300) in the We Buy Ugly Houses network. They thrive and profit in transforming decaying neighborhoods and turning them into safe, pleasant, thriving places for families to raise children.

Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000’s, Barry founded and owned a $100 million investment management firm generating revenues that ranked his company #13 out of 3,300 nationwide.

In 2010 Barry made a bold move that many seasoned financial advisors have since followed. He voluntarily surrendered his financial services licenses and liquidated his firm. Then he began bringing a new methodology to investors who weren’t confident that Wall Street was the only solution. He pioneered an alternative to stock-market investing that became known as Local Dollars Making a Local Difference facilitating hardworking Americans investing their IRA assets into local real estate they can see and touch. That company morphed into a publicly-traded company---James River Holdings Corporation---(Symbol: JRIV) that focuses primarily on real estate development, re-development, ownership and lending.

Barry’s passion is making a difference in the lives of people and he lives by his company’s core value “It’s about the people depending on us.” As such Barry focuses his attention and finances on Project Hope, a mission enterprise that build’s houses for impoverished people in Nicaragua while also providing them medical care and spiritual teaching. He travels to Nicaragua twice yearly to lead conferences for mission staff and pastors teaching them the principles of Abundant Living.

For years Barry has been captivated by a simple statement Jesus made found in John 10:10 “I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.” Barry knew that while successful, he wasn’t living abundantly, and it didn’t appear that most of the dedicated Christians he knew were either. That launched Barry on a quest to understand what Jesus meant when he said his purpose was to give people Abundant Life, and led to the discovery of the principles of Abundant Living which he teaches and speaks about in seminars, conferences, and workshops across the country.

The intersection of his business life and the principles of Abundant Living led to the development of the Christian Business Leader’s Roundtable a peer-mentoring and consulting program that equips business leaders to deploy their faith in ways that make a difference in the lives of their company’s employees and customers.

Barry’s book The Abundant Life is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2012.

While well-educated with a graduate degree in theology from Campbellsville University, an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri, and advanced studies in financial planning through The American College, Barry most values the daily education he receives at the feet of the Master who’s continues to teach him how to take the experiences of life---including the hard knocks---and learn from analyzing them through lens of timeless principles found in scripture.

You can reach Barry through his website at www.jbarrywatts.com

The team providing the talent:

J. Barry Watts

Ambassador of Life!

Set List

Barry does everything from 10 minute pep talks and longer key notes, to full day events and weekend workshops. Tell him what you need and he'll customize a program to suit you.

Influences & Inspiration

Speakers whose impact Barry admires include Zig Ziglar, Charlie "Tremendous" Jones, Bryan Dodge, Norman Peale, and Jim Rohn.

Setup Requirements

Lavalier mic


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