John is a native of southern Illinois, he grew up in Carterville and later graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting. After graduation, John served as a staff accountant in the Middle Market Practice Group at KPMG Peat Marwick in St. Louis, Missouri. During that time he also obtained the designation of Certified Public Accountant. Prior to founding FFG, John was an investment representative with Edward Jones in Carbondale for nearly 10 years. John maintains Series 7, 24, 53, 63, and 66 registrations, held with LPL Financial.
John and his wife Karyn have three lovely girls: Emily, Kaitlyn, and Reagan. In 2016, they gained a son when Emily married Andrew Wyne. Now, John and Karyn are grandparents to their first granddaughter! He and his family are active in the Vine Community Church in Carbondale. When not working, John enjoys listening to his favorite singer/songwriters (Jason Isbell, The Avett Brothers, and David Gray to name a few), playing acoustic guitar, savoring west coast wines, and grilling almost anything.