John is a full time angel investor and also a member of Golden Seeds, New York Angels and the Angel Investor Forum. His specific areas of angel investing interest are clean energy, medical devices and travel.
Prior to his second career in angel investing, John spent over 25 years in the low cost airline business. He served as Treasurer and later VP of Operations Planning and Analysis at Southwest Airlines. His experience there included extensive negotiation of aircraft financing and aircraft acquisition contracts, including the launch contract for the next generation 737-700. He was founding EVP and CFO of JetBlue Airways, where, in addition to responsibility for aircraft acquisitions and the finance function, he later added oversight of IT and Supply Chain. He managed the company’s successful IPO in 2002 and negotiated the launch contract for the EMBRAER 190.
After departing JetBlue, he served as CFO of Volotea, a Barcelona-based low cost airline, during its formative years, working in a small team to refine the business plan and financial model, select the appropriate aircraft, negotiate the aircraft leases and successfully raise 65 million Euros of equity financing. The airline commenced operations in April 2012.
John holds a BA in Economics from SMU, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School where he was a Mayer Fellow.