John has almost 50 years of experience in technology and entrepreneurial business. While a large part of his career has involved applications in finance, he has also worked with health care and government solutions. Career events include putting the first ATMs on Red Square in Moscow, designing the first ambulatory care system for VA hospitals and developing a broadband LAN monitor for NASA.
He founded Arkansas Systems, which in 25 years grew into one of the largest global providers of ATM, card management, and financial network software, serving banks in over 60 countries. He also co-founded Ikobo.com, a pioneer in internet-based funds transfer that facilitated transactions in 192 countries and all seven continents. John is currently on the boards of three startups (Bio-Detection Instruments of Fayetteville, Labscoop of Little Rock, and Ceton Corp of Seattle) and is the business mentor of an NSF iCorps team. He is a member of the Arkansas Academy of Computing and Accelerate Arkansas, and serves on the Investment Committee of the Fund for Arkansas’ Future and on ASTA’s Science Advisory Committee. John chairs the Arkansas Commission for Coordination of Educational Efforts and serves on the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission. He enjoys his family, kayaking and learning new things.