John is a native of Decatur, Alabama. He is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and he earned an M.B.A. from The Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He worked as an investment advisor for Morgan Keegan & Co. for nine years, before returning to a family real estate business in 1999. During his career, John has worked in Birmingham, Decatur, Nashville, and Chattanooga, and has been actively involved in each of these communities.
In 2008 John and other business leaders in Decatur and Huntsville started a de novo bank called Progress Bank and Trust. John served on its Board of Directors and on its loan and executive committees. Since its inception, it has been one of the fastest growing banks in the country. Its acquisition of First Partners Bank will make Progress Bank the 8th largest bank headquartered in Alabama, with approximately $1 billion in assets.
Since 1999, John has been developing, leasing and managing commercial real estate in north Alabama. John’s primary focus has been on industrial property. He has helped develop and oversee the construction, leasing and management of several business parks, with buildings ranging in size from 3,600 SF to 100,000 SF. John also has experience in leasing and managing retail and office space. John is a member of BOMA and NAIOP, and participates in a NAIOP Industrial Development Forum with other developers from around the country. He has recently joined Pointe Commercial Real Estate as an affiliate broker, helping clients in Tennessee, north Alabama and north Georgia with their commercial leasing and brokerage needs.
John brings a unique set of skills to each transaction, with experience in banking, investing, entrepreneurial ventures and in a family business, and also as a real estate owner, developer, property manager and agent. His experience allows him to view each transaction from a number of different perspectives, helping to create innovative solutions for each client’s specific real estate needs.
John and his wife Lisa have two daughters. They are all active members of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church. John is a member of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce as well. Previously he has served on the Board of Directors of the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, Young Business Leaders of Decatur and the Heart of the Valley YMCA, serving a five county area in north Alabama. John recently completed over 15 years of service on the board of International Cooperating Ministries, which has built almost 7,000 churches in over 80 countries.