John founded the Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corporation and directed it for 22 years until his retirement. WBD became the fifth largest Certified Development Corporation in the United States during his tenure, with more than 150 transactions in excess of $50m annually for six years. His staff of 28 included four loan production teams in five offices around Wisconsin. He has been on the Envest Board of Directors since 2007 and served as President since 2008. John has visited several microfinance institutions in Latin America. He holds an MA in Geography from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.