John is a founding Corstone partner and has served alternatively as managing director or as CEO of Corstone portfolio companies. His career spans military service to public company executive positions. He is experienced with venture, private equity and public market financings and successfully led businesses to M&A transactions and publicly listed entities. John returns to Corstone as a managing director in 2014.
Most recently, John led iMove Inc. to advance a new generation of ground-based imaging solutions to combat terrorism. He attracted In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and fast tracked deployment of new technologies solutions that have since been recognized by the Directors of DNI and CIA for saving the lives of intelligence officers and warfighters. iMove was acquired by Immersive Media in December 2013.
Previously, Corstone teamed with former McCaw Cellular executives to develop a new generation mobile satellite data service. John served as CEO of Norcom Networks during which time ground station operations were established; mobile terminals developed for in-vehicle communications; and major customers were signed including Sears, Union Pacific and a host of major utilities. While private, John attracted Telenor AS, the Norwegian telecom as a strategic partner who invested $50 million in the venture. Norcom was acquired by Wireless Matrix Corporation, a publicly listed company.
John led Corstone’s acquisition of and served as CEO of LaserAccess Corporation, a company involved in imaging solutions and text-retrieval algorithms for banking applications. During his tenure, the product was brought to market, gained rapid market share and was subsequently acquired by Network Imaging Corporation, a publicly listed company.
Prior to Corstone, John worked for DBA Systems, an image and mapping contractor for the national intelligence community, and served as an officer in the Navy nuclear submarine program. He received his MBA in Finance and Investments from George Washington University and his BS in Business from The Citadel.