John is a retired Marine Officer, former Vice President of a major Washington, D.C. non-profit, and partner in both a government contracting firm, and an international business development company. He has a distinguished record of providing executive level leadership and strategy for large, complex organizations and operations.
John’s areas of expertise include leadership, national security strategy, strategy development, operational planning, training and education as demonstrated by the long list of prominent operational, senior staff, and academic positions he has held. A Marine Infantry Officer, he is one of the rare few that have commanded at every level of his Marine Corps career. He has served in advisory positions on high-level national government staffs, to include the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has advised General Officers, Political Appointees and Diplomats. John was selected to serve as a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, the world’s foremost authority on foreign policy.
As Chief of Staff of the National Defense University, he managed the planning and implementation of daily operations at the world’s largest defense university system. As a faculty member, John spent time as Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs, Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Chair and as teaching faculty; he taught strategy and logistics at the master’s degree level, and developed and taught the United States Regional Security studies at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
John’s leadership expertise has been recognized on a local, national and global level. He provides leadership development support for a wide range of organization’s from the Integrated Medical Services of Phoenix, the New York City Police Department, to the Global Maritime Center.
A gifted speaker, John has spoken at a number of forums on the subjects of leadership, creating heroes in society and the work place, diversity, and the power of association. He is one of the few repeat speakers at New York City’s Intrepid Museum “Power of One” series. Interestingly, John is known for leaving his audience with a personal gift at the conclusion of his speeches.
He has served on the volunteer board of directors for the Navy Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest credit union, and the board of directors for the District Alliance for Safe Housing, a non-profit organization that provides shelter for women and their children who are victims of abuse. John has also served as the National President of the National Naval Officers Association, a global non-profit that supports the Nation’s Sea Services, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, efforts in the recruitment, retention and career development of minority officers. He continues to serve on non-profit boards, most notably is the Arizona Character Education Foundation and is a life member of the Marine Corps Association, and the National Naval Officers Association, and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.