John Camilleri


Independent Agent


High-fiving Elton John, spending four days on the Trans-Siberian Railway, and having a one-on-one chat with Pope John Paul II.


How perfect when your career is a manifestation of who you were from the start. John Camilleri grew up alternately watching exotic foreigners bustle through the halls of his parents’ London hotel and getting brown on the Mediterranean island of Malta, knowing in his bones he was bound for an explorer’s life. Boarding school in Oxfordshire confirmed him as an outdoorsman and a sportsman, that guy everyone wants on their team in pickup games of rugby, as much for his friendship and love of mischief as for his skills. Motorcycle road trips came in time and with a vengeance, but that entrepreneurial adventure spirit was in him all along, motivating him to start his own business before he even entered college. And then came sales and talent development, but only long enough for recruiting to grab him by the collar and say, Look here, mate. You were born for this. After single-handedly rebuilding the consumer practice at a boutique firm, he never looked back, and never-look-backers have a funny habit of winding up here. Indeed, John was instant family. “The people you surround yourself with have a huge impact on your mood and, ultimately, your performance,” he says. “I felt the mood at Zensho as soon as I walked in the door, and knew I wanted to feel it every day. Worlds apart from other firms.” And he’s a big part of why we are. From client needs to engines, John is a born fixer who must have “PHR” carved on his gas tank, the way that acronym fuels everything he does. Passion, honesty and respect. Words to make a life.

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Values: A message to our awesome tribe

Years from now, you may not remember the particulars of deals you closed at Zensho (or what the returns were). You will remember your colleagues and how it felt to work with them. The imprint you left on the world.

We invited you to join our tribe because you impressed us as someone who shares values intrinsic to our culture. But just to ensure we’re totally on the same page, here they are, spelled out in black and white and trimmed in our corporate colors.

Freedom is Zensho’s central pillar. Beyond the mere state of being free, for us the word carries with it a sense of obligation: “Freedom to…” What follows should define you as a person. Of course, to provide your business community with amazing service, but also to engage and give back to the world. And that’s where Autonomy comes in. Unlike the general implications of self-rule, ours leads not to detachment but to a broad and radical sense of interconnectivity. One that enables each of us to commune with others in infinite ways. Together, these two values empower you like nothing else on earth, and they’re here waiting for you.

So, what do we ask in return?

Transparency means not only having open books, but being one yourself. No secrets or ulterior agendas. It is to share personal and industry information without seeking to leverage it for profit or motivate others in any way. Its cousin, Clarity, is about including precision and context in the communication process. At Zensho, we always try to anticipate the details a fellow partner might need and supply them up front.

Which leads us to…

Collaboration. That is, to cooperate meaningfully. Because only through recognizing individual strengths can we thrive as a whole. For us, collaboration requires presence as we listen and respond, evolving toward a collective goal represented by the name of our charity initiative: Ayni (reciprocity). This can’t exist without Collegiality. How we care for each other and the tribe as a whole, share both opportunity and responsibility with open hearts – that’s what empowers us to excel as a firm.

With these six in place, our seventh value happens all by itself.

Harmony. When your environment manifests balance between all people and things – even forces that oppose each other – life just flows. Living completely becomes a state of being. After all, that’s the very meaning of Zensho.