John was born in Powell, Wyoming. He grew up in Cedar Falls Iowa. He and his wife Michelle married in 1976 and moved to Powell Wyoming in 1978 where he was co-owner of Tri-M Corporation for six years. The company focus was sales and service of farm equipment. He spent the last 30 years working in Banking in Various Senior Vice President positions. In 2004 he and his wife Michelle moved to Sheridan with their three daughters. He retired from Security State Bank as the Senior Vice President of Lending. John has had many distinguished public service engagements. President (10 years) of Target Powell Valley (nonprofit development group), President Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce (named 1998 Community Builder of the Year), President Powell Valley Economic Development Alliance (founding board member), Powell Rotary Member, Powell City Councilman 10 years, President Wyoming Economic Development Association (founding member), Board Member Cody Chamber of Commerce, Board Member Cody Land Development, Member Sheridan Police Commission, Board Member Sheridan Chamber of Commerce, Trustee Cornerstone Church. University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Marketing. John and Michelle have nine grandchildren. He enjoys camping, sailing, snorkeling, fishing, hiking and traveling. Has a high hope of improving his golf game throughout retirement. John has a deep faith in Jesus as his Lord and Savior. John and Michelle are major donors of the VOA Ministry.