John was Raised in Dallas, TX. Fell in love with sailing at 16 at Boy Scouts of America high adventure base, Florida Keys. His experience is stacked: Worked liveaboards for two seasons. Attended the University of Texas and the University of Montana and received a B.S. in Organismal Biology and Ecology, genetics. Worked in the university genetics research lab. Was a fisheries biologist for USFS. Owner/operator of private biodiesel company in Montana. Whitewater rescue certified river guide, Grand Canyon river runner, and PADI diver. NOLS wilderness first aid. "From my positive experience as a youth sailing in the Florida Keys, I have a special interest in sharing my love of sailing with kids and young adults, getting them excited about being on the water. My boating and water safety background give me confidence in adverse situations. In 2015 I rowed the length of the Grand Canyon and hope to do a Transpac crossing in the near future."