John is focused on growing Kiwanis, both in membership and service. He looks to the future as well as recognizes the past. He realizes we have to know where we have been to plot a path to the future. John often expresses “Kiwanis is about three things: service, fellowship and education. We are a service organization and that is our core; the friends and relationships that are developed as we meet and work on projects is priceless; learning about the world around us through programs at meetings to KI training allows us to grow and expand.” Concerning the Governor-Elect position, John noted ” If elected, it is my intention to focus on the core of what we do best, improve the world one child and one community at a time.”
John was born and raised in Monmouth, Ill. He attended Austin College in Sherman, Texas and graduated in 1971. 1974 proved a busy year for him as he married his wife of 40 years, Susan, and earned his MBA from Texas A&M at Commerce. John and Susan have three children and four grandchildren. They have resided in Kingwood, Texas for over 30 years and they are active members of the Atascocita Presbyterian Church.
John’ career with Exxon started in Kingsville, Texas. Early in his tenure he joined the Kingsville Kiwanis Club where he served as a Director on the board. His career led him many places including Corpus Christi, New Orleans and Houston. John retired from Exxon in 2001 and started a second career with Insperity, retiring in 2013.
John became a member of the Kingwood Kiwanis Club while employed at Insperity. He has served as Distinguished President, Secretary, Treasurer, Board Member and numerous Committee Chair positions.
John was elected and served as Division 3’s Lieutenant Governor in 2009-10. It was during this period he became more aware of the relationships between the Membership, Clubs and District. Since then he has served in many District capacities including: PLGA Board Member, CLE Instructor, ELIMINATE Speakers Bureau,
TO District International Liaison Chair, Long Range Planning Committee member and The Formula – Certified Club Counselor. During John’s term as LTG two new clubs were opened in Division 3 and he was recognized as Distinguished LTG.
John has also conducted numerous workshops for Kiwanis at District and International Conventions.
John is a Servant Leader whose experience goes beyond Kiwanis. Other leadership positions include Chairman of the Lake Houston YMCA board, Chairman of the Lake Houston American Heart Association board, and Insperity Invitational Pro Am Chairman. Awards include Lake Houston YMCA Volunteer of the Year, American Heart Association – Barbara Newman Award and Insperity Invitational Volunteer of the Tournament.