John is a native Mobilian who attended elementary school at Craighead, Arlington, and Westlawn, Junior High at Phillips and High School at Murphy, graduating in 1978. While there he played baseball and golf and was active in youth leadership at his local church.
After high school he spent five years at Mobile College (University of Mobile) earning two Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration and Health, Physical Education, and Recreation in 1983.
While in college he helped form, and was captain of, the Club Tennis Team and Club Football Team. He was instrumental in seeing these club teams transformed into NAIA official teams which they remain today.
John started his business career over 35 years ago. During that time he has acquired vast experience in sales, management, and marketing in various industries. These fields include Health, Insurance, Banking, Security, Events, Sports, Lodging, and Retail.
He has overseen security for a 10,000-seat arena and 6,000-seat stadium. During that time, he was head of security for dignitaries, world class athletes, and entertainers.
In 2000 he joined the Mobile BayBears Professional Baseball Organization. He worked his way up to Assistant General Manager of Operations at Hank Aaron Stadium and Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum until 2012. While there, the BayBears won three Southern League Championships including Minor League Team of the Year.
The past seven years he has managed one of the largest sports event companies in the United States. This NCAA-approved sports event company worked the SEC Championship, College Football Championship, Final Four Championship, and College Baseball World Series.