John grew up in Richmond, Virginia and was the youngest of three children. His father was a World War II veteran who practiced dentistry and taught at Medical College of Virginia’s Dental School for over 40 years. His mother helped manage his father’s office while raising their children. John’s father loved treating patients, but most of all he cherished teaching, where he believed he could most impact the lives of young people. John learned at an early age the importance of hard work, family, and mentors. He excelled in football in high school and was fortunate to earn a football scholarship to attend Virginia Tech. As an undersized lineman from a small school in Richmond, it took a lot of time in the weight room and many cheese burgers for John to gain the size needed to compete at the collegiate level. His junior year they won the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Virginia Tech’s first bowl win. During his senior year he was the starting center on Hall of Fame Coach Frank Beamer’s first team at Virginia Tech. John graduated with a finance degree from Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of business and was recruited to join First Union which began his 30 year career with Wells Fargo.
John has always been passionate about helping others and has used his boundless energy to steer many nonprofits. He served as past board chair for Alexander Youth Network and currently serves on the board of trustees for Trinity Episcopal School. John has also mentored a young man for years helping guide him from a preteen to adulthood. Along the way John has been touched by countless volunteers and organizations who give their time and resources serving the community. However, no person has inspired John more than his wife, Cassell, a two-time breast cancer survivor. Cassell was diagnosed with cancer following the birth of their fourth child. Her fight with breast cancer, coupled with the fear and anxiety that accompanies a life-threating diagnosis, inspired John to focus on ensuring every individual has access to quality healthcare. He joined Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation’s board where he currently serves as Board Chair. His hope is that his three daughters and their generation will not have to face the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer. John and his family are incredibly grateful for the wonderful care Cassell received at Novant Health. They realize that not everyone has access to the level of healthcare they received and many have no access at all.
John is dancing to raise funds to support Novant Health’s Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Center. This program provides critical mammography screenings and diagnostic services to underserved and uninsured individuals in Charlotte and the thousands of North Carolinians with limited access to healthcare. John’s efforts through the early detection program will yield increased breast health literacy and access to timely breast health care, which is directly associated with breast cancer survival rates.
John currently serves as a Managing Director in the Asset Backed Finance Sales group covering institutional fixed income clients for Wells Fargo. When not at work or volunteering John loves to spend time with his wonderful wife Cassell of 23 years and their four beautiful children Peyton (18), Campbell (15), CJ (12), and Mason (10). An avid sports fan, John can be frequently found watching or coaching one of their children.
John’s morning routine consist of working out with his F3 buddies and then collecting eggs from his backyard chicken coop for his kid’s breakfast.
First dance with my wife at our wedding.
College football, Fishing, Kiteboarding.
3 Dogs, 2 Cats, 10 Chickens, and one Bunny.
Favorite Childhood memory:
Fishing and sailing with my family on the Chesapeake Bay.
Teacher, Farmer, Football Coach. All three at the same time if possible.