John is a serial entrepreneur who builds businesses that achieve social innovation. He created a new model for accounting firms that was radical at the time and continues to thrive with its mission for CPAs to “pursue their profession while promoting the public good.” He is founding director and vice chair of a community bank that reinvests in the community as a “locally owned, locally loaned” bank which has grown 600 per cent in a decade that witnessed the disappearance of 2,000 local banks in the US. John created a pop-up corporation to accomplish agricultural exports to a cooperative in a developing country with the goal of triggering market behavior to improve price and availability of imports.
John, a member of the House of Representatives for Pennsylvania since 1997, currently chairs the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and has served as Speaker pro tempore during five legislative sessions. John believes that governments on all levels perform best when the public can keep an eye on things. His open records law was the first expansion of the public’s access to state and local records in more than a half century. His lobbying regulation law ended Pennsylvania’s sad distinction as the only state among the United States to have absolutely no law concerning lobbying behavior and disclosure. His legislative accomplishments are heavily geared toward, “Benefits that will endure long after my public service is complete.”
In the NGO sector, John has served on the Board of Trustees that governs the University of Pittsburgh since 2004 and served a decade as a member of the Board of Overseers for the University of Pennsylvania – School of Veterinary Medicine. He has served as a board member for many other NGO’s and helped guide innovations to alter business models so that their missions could be sustained.
John earned a bachelors degree from Duke University, magna cum laude, with departmental honors in Management Sciences & Accounting and undertook non-degree scholarships at Oxford University and the Australian Graduate School of Management.
John began his professional career in Sydney, Australia, with an international accounting firm and advanced through Pittsburgh to the US National Office where, in addition to addressing issues for Fortune 500 firms, he interfaced with the profession’s standard setting bodies and conducted some negotiations for a world-wide audit approach for the firm.
“Opportunities for social innovation surround us in every sector. Sorting out which sector might best serve the mission should be a carefully considered, early decision in every case.”