John originally was born in Montclair, New Jersey , served in the US Army from 1964-67 with one year in Vietnam as a construction Engineer. John Met his wife of 47 years while visiting a friend on a weekend pass in St. Louis, where they eventually made their home. John and Helen have two children, Stephen who lives in Ft. Myers and Brittany here in Destin. Almost all of John’s career has been in the Construction Equipment business, having sold Caterpillar and managed the sales department of the dealership in St. Louis. He also owned a construction equipment rental and sales equipment company prior to finally moving to Destin to reside in the vacation home they bought in 1989. John has been a mostly small boat owner fishing in the bays and near offshore spots. He loves to fish offshore with friends and occasionally runs his own boat out to troll for the bigger fish. John is currently the 2016 president of the Ft. Walton Beach Sailfish club where he has been a member since 2010.