About

Jon Bassford

Jon Bassford is a visionary entrepreneur and operations professional who thrives on creating and driving change. As the Founder and CEO of Lateral Solutions, an operations management company specializing in launching and managing internal operations for startups, small businesses, and nonprofits, Jon has established himself as a leader in his field. Jon also has a history of Director and VP level roles. With a passion for innovation and a relentless pursuit of success, he has built a reputation for delivering exceptional results and transforming organizations.

Known for his ability to analyze situations, manage resources, and make sound decisions, Jon embodies the qualities of a successful change leader and operations professional. He possesses a unique blend of emotional intelligence, lateral thinking, and a deep appreciation for cultivating positive work cultures. Colleagues regard him highly for his ability to identify unconventional solutions that drive efficiency, effectiveness, and growth.

Integrity, transparency, and innovation are the cornerstones of Jon’s leadership philosophy. He leads by example, consistently inspiring those around him to push boundaries and strive for greatness. Jon’s unparalleled drive and commitment to excellence make him a force to be reckoned with in the world of business.

operations professional, jon bassford
operations professional, jon bassford

Born and raised in Central Illinois, Jon’s journey to the DC metro area, where he now resides, reflects his unwavering determination to break free from the confines of a small-town life and explore new horizons. Throughout his life, he has seized every opportunity to broaden his experiences, from being the first person in his family to travel to Europe in high school to studying in DC and participating in programs in Paris and Iceland. These diverse experiences have shaped his perspective and instilled in him a profound appreciation for the value of embracing change.

Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, a law degree, an MBA, and a certification as an Association Executive, Jon has cultivated a versatile skill set that empowers him to excel in various domains. His career in association management has been marked by incredible achievements, including assuming the role of COO for a collegiate organization—an accomplishment that fulfilled one of his lifelong aspirations. Jon’s passion for mentoring and inspiring young adults has also been a driving force in his professional journey.

In addition to his consulting business, which spans operations, marketing, and other fields, Jon is actively involved in real estate investment and speaking engagements. He is constantly seeking new opportunities to challenge himself and expand his entrepreneurial endeavors. His unwavering dedication to personal growth and development has been further amplified by a transformative spiritual journey over the past two years. This transformative experience has allowed him to adopt a lighter approach to life, trust his instincts, and achieve heightened levels of success.

Beyond his professional achievements, Jon takes immense pride in being a loving father to his son. His personal pursuits, such as his passion for hockey and powerlifting, coupled with his unexpected love for Broadway musicals, underscore his multifaceted nature and his ability to find joy in a wide range of interests.
As Jon Bassford continues to chart new paths, he looks forward to leveraging his expertise and passion to inspire others, transform organizations, and leave an indelible mark on the entrepreneurial landscape. With each venture he undertakes, Jon reinforces the notion that change is not just an inevitability, but an opportunity for growth and transformation.

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