As Chief Executive Officer, John provides overall strategic direction to the company. John moved to Asheville, North Carolina and joined Diamond Brand, Diamond Brand Gear’s predecessor company, as a partner and CFO in 2005. Before moving to Asheville, John lived in Charlotte, North Carolina where he was the Chief Financial Officer of Edgeview Partners, an investment banking firm. Prior to joining Edgeview, he co-founded a real estate brokerage firm (My Townhome), partnered in a private equity group (Core Point Partners), financed the development of condominiums and townhomes (The Boulevard Company), and traded currency options and derivatives (First Union National Bank). Prior to moving to Charlotte in 1994, John lived in Chicago, Illinois where he met his wife. They have two children. John earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 1989 and a master’s degree in business administration from The University of Chicago in 1992. John was born in St. Louis, Missouri (he is still a St. Louis Cardinals fan) and enjoys playing golf and skiing.