John retired from the United States Army in 1998 where he served in a variety of assignments largely focused in the Intelligence and Special Operations specialty areas.In his last assignment as Special Operations Intelligence Chief, he defined and developed a force modernization strategy designed to integrate new surveillance technology into existing operations in support of National Intelligence Agencies.He developed CONOPS for the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and National Security Council (NSC) for establishing forward mission operational bases to support specialized US activities overseas
Upon retirement from the Federal Government in 1998, John joined Avenue Technologies Incorporated (ATI), Alexandria, Virginia, as a Senior Associate.Shortly after his arrival, ATI created a subsidiary company, McLean Research Corporation (MRC), where John transitioned to become the Director of the Special Operations and Training Division.In this capacity, he was responsible for identifying new technologies and developing new concepts and methods operation in the areas of Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict and Federal/Local Law Enforcement with emphasis on advanced security and surveillance technology integration.John was also responsible for many programs that provided end-user perspective and operational expertise in many sensitive operational research areas. During his tenure, MRC revenue grew by 55% to $68M making MRC the fastest growing 8(a) in the SBA program for Fiscal Year 1999.
In 2000, MRC was acquired by Chenega Corporation where John joined as Group Vice-President and subsequently served in several senior positions of increasing responsibility. John is currently the President of Chenega Corporation’s Military, Intelligence and Operations Support Strategic Business Unit (MIOS SBU).Prior to this assignment, John was Group Vice President, Intelligence and Operations Group, Chenega Technology Services Corporation (CTSC); President of Chenega Federal Systems, LLC, (CFS), of Lorton, Virginia, and Chairman of Chenega Logistics, of Alexandria, Virginia.Since taking his current post in 2010, John has started 14 companies under the MIOS SBU Group collectively generating over $400M in revenue during Fiscal Year 2018.Due largely to his leadership and innovation, several of his portfolio companies have been selected as “Top Small Business” for the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Program on 5 separate occasions. In addition, Chenega MIOS SBU has been selected as Washington Magazine’s Top Place to work on two separate occasions, capturing the high-quality of service and employee satisfaction within the extremely competitive Defense and Technology Service market segments. Currently, Chenega MIOS SBU enjoys a strong balance sheet and actively supports over 90 active medium-to-large-scale technology and professional services programs yielding a backlog of well over $700M.
John is a member of the Board of Directors for several technology companies as well as Venture Capital funds as an advisor in the areas of Defense, Intelligence and National Security.John’s expertise in this area lies in matching operational requirements from the various federal agencies with applicable technologies and helping these new companies find the proper business base from which to launch their up and coming enterprise.