“I’ve always wanted to be part of something that makes a lasting impact in the world,” John says. “My favorite part of Mission Matters Group is how we look at everything through the lens of our clients’ missions. It always comes back to what’s best for our client. That’s unique, and something I’ve never experienced before in business.”

Our clients can always feel that they have someone in their corner.

John earned his degree in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University, while also playing soccer for the university. After college, John went on to work in the office furniture industry as a logistics analyst. Soon after realizing the corporate world was not for him, John joined a start-up international supply chain consulting company. “I got a real flavor for what startups are like, and it was great to help grow the company.”

John’s heart called him back to his hometown of St. Louis, where he eventually stepped into a role with his family’s construction management company. John became Vice President and helped grow the company to one of the most respected firms in town. In addition to this position, John also coached soccer for his high school, De Smet Jesuit High School. This is where he met Josh Aranda and their friendship quickly grew. Josh and John would often talk business, and their conversations intensified as Josh and Chuck started MMG. “He liked to bounce ideas off me because he knew I had experience in startups and a lot of relationships with nonprofits in St. Louis,” he recalls. “We had great conversations as they were building MMG.”

Initially, John came on board at MMG as a consultant for strategic initiatives. Over time, the role grew, and John joined the team full-time. Today, as Vice President of Operations, John provides oversight for finances, operations, outreach and strategic guidance. “I enjoy the ability to have a high level view over all facets of the company,” he says.

My role is to enhance our strengths and minimize our weaknesses to allow us to grow and prosper as a company.

John is married to Christina, and they have two daughters, Josie and Natalie. “At the end of the day, my family is everything to me,” he smiles. “They provide me with the joy and drive to do better in this world.” A self-proclaimed “soccer nut,” John enjoys playing soccer and coaching at his alma mater, De Smet Jesuit High School. “Giving back to the school that gave me so much is rewarding to me,” he says. “Plus, I get the unique gift of being able to shape the lives of some amazing young men. That’s pretty impactful.”