John was raised in the brisk, salty-aired climes just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. In between clam-digs, John received a BS in Business from Northeastern University (Boston) and an MBA from American University (Washington, D.C.). He began his career in commercial banking in Fairfax, Virginia. Then, after a short time in healthcare management at OhioState University in Columbus,Ohio, he transitioned in 1974 to the world of publishing, when he saw an opportunity to be involved in a company start-up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. That company is NavPress Publishing Group, which has been an influential Christian publisher and has published many significant works, including Eugene Peterson’s The Message version of the Bible. John served as the Publisher of NavPress for twenty-two years. In 1998, John relocated toNashville, where he brought his leadership expertise to Thomas Nelson Bibles and helped them launch several best-selling Bible titles. After many years in executive positions, John began to realize his heart lay with assisting authors on a more personal basis, and providing counsel to them and to other publishers who share a vision for creating quality books that make a real and lasting impact on the lives of others. To this end, he has served as a literary agent and consultant since 2001.
John is also the President / CEO of the non-profit organization Global Publishers Alliance (GPA). “Publishing is one of the most powerful means of spreading the gospel,” states John, “which is why GPA provides resources and training to people who are establishing publishing entities in some of the most difficult parts of the world to do business.”
When he’s not poring over a manuscript or hob-knobbing with the literati, John can be found skiing in Colorado with his wife, Susan, working on home fix-it projects, listening to classical music while riding around Nashville in his red pick-uptruck, and attending major league baseball games with his grandson, Will, with the goal of visiting every major league stadium in the nation.