Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, John developed a passion for hospitality at a young age while working in restaurants throughout high school and college. John moved to Napa to pursue this passion, working as a sommelier at local restaurants, before relocating to San Francisco to become the sommelier at the acclaimed Campton Place, which received four stars from the San Francisco Chronicle during his time there.

John moved to New York City in 2006 to become Wine Director of Eleven Madison Park, which earned four stars from The New York Times, three Michelin stars, and the James Beard Foundation Award for “Outstanding Wine Service.” In 2012, John became a member of the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers. In his role as Director of Wine and Restaurant Operations of Union Square Hospitality Group, John works with each team to ensure operational success among USHG’s family of distinctive restaurants.