By his early 40s, John launched Strategic Executive Advisory, served in board and CFO executives roles, led Financial Executives International-Fort Wayne as president, joined REF Indiana as executive forum leader, was recognized as a Forty Under 40, and accepted positions with 3 regional CPA firms. Simultaneously leading an accomplished career in academia with 5 universities including an AACSB MBA faculty role as lecturer with Purdue University Fort Wayne. A role John solidified through a national search.
With over 30 years in business, he began working at age 11 as newspaper carrier for Fort Wayne Newspapers. At 13, he started working for his father who ran a small retail business in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana for nearly 50 years. From an early age, John grew up in business learning first-hand the value of exceeding client and customer expectations.