LIFE SURGE is a movement that has a clear purpose: to know God and to make him known.

We want to lead a global movement of people surging their lives God’s way, by inspiring, transforming and equipping believers to do all that God has called them to do.

Years ago, Billy Graham said “I believe one of the next great moves of God is going to be through the believers in the workplace.”  Not only do we believe that – we want to be a part of seeing that reality in our lifetime!

From live events to digital media and ongoing education and training, we want to impact every sphere of our society with the Power of God and the life-altering truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. LIFE SURGE is passionate about bringing our events to our attendees, LIVE AND IN PERSON!

We believe in the power of a local community that fellowships together, worships together, and encourages each other exactly where they are. By bringing together some of the top Christian speakers, business minds, entrepreneurs, and worship teams, our hope is to create an atmosphere of transformation.

Our mandate is to provide an opportunity for each attendee and believer to experience increase in their personal lives, careers, businesses, wealth, and legacy for the generations to follow.

Because of John 10:10, we believe that there are always opportunities to live a better life, and that can happen suddenly and powerfully.

We call that a LIFE SURGE!

Leadership Team

Joe Johnson PhD

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Joe is an entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurial Leadership. Formerly, he led Welfont to become the fastest growing real estate brokerage company in the history of the Inc. 5000. He has also been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc. Magazine, and named Entrepreneur of the Year by CIO Look Magazine.

John Marriott

Chief Marketing Officer

John is an experiential marketing veteran and has produced over 200 consumer events from New Hampshire to Hawaii, and Puerto Rico to Portland. He also has deep experience in digital marketing and eCommerce. He has led several organizations in functions including CEO, COO, CFO and CAO.

Matt Maggio

Chief Sales Officer

Matt has spent many years in the financial education space. Formerly Matt held executive roles for Rich Dad Education. He specializes in building and training sales teams to thrive – while maintaining a high level of ethics. Matt is an optimist with a naturally encouraging energy. He inspires others with his limitless view of life.

Matt Rayburn

Chief Relationship Officer

Matt is a business development and strategic relationship professional with wide-ranging experience. His career spans a wide spectrum – from non-profit leadership and fundraising to commercial real estate and entrepreneurial management. Matt has spent much of his life engaged in the Christian business community as well as the Christian event world.

Heidi Boykin

Vice President of Operations

Heidi has years of event sales and operations experience. She has closely worked with LIFE SURGE founder Joe Johnson for years. Her focus has been turning big picture plans into reality – whether it’s recruiting, hiring, training, systems implementation, or improving operational performance. Formerly, Heidi oversaw recruiting, training, and development for Get Motivated Seminars and Welfont.

Lauren Mallette

Vice President of Events

Lauren has over 15 years of experience producing and managing large business events. She has worked with hundreds of venues and hotels throughout North America to execute events that range from intimate dinners with former U.S. Presidents to corporate seminars with 40,000 attendees. She manages all logistics of the LIFE SURGE events from venue bookings to onsite management.

Benjamin Justice

Vice President of Information Technology

Benjamin has over 17 years of experience architecting technology initiatives for top ranking private equity firms, Fortune 500 companies, defense contractors, and government integrators. With a career encompassing all disciplines of information technology, he leverages his expertise in infrastructure, big data, and cybersecurity to deliver LIFE SURGE events and protect our customers.

Steve Salzman

Vice President of Finance

Steve has over 30 years of financial management experience as an executive as well as an owner. He has worked in various business sectors including real estate, financial services, merchant banking, manufacturing, and construction – in organizations sized from startup to middle-market. In this role, Steven oversees the financial health of the company to ensure continued growth.