Director of Business Development, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
John is undoubtedly British. Born near
His language proficiency proved very useful in his early rookie days. Since he was one of very few in
As his career progressed and his success grew, he became Managing Director of Domecq International, based in
In 1999, John moved over to the
As his posting was coming to an end, Hurricane Charley hit. John had family ties here in Punta Gorda, so he decided to stay and took a year off to rebuild the family home here. Then came the most difficult decision – go back to
Since taking over the reigns at the Chamber, he was built a strong and vibrant team at the Chamber that is focused on business development, networking, unifying the issues facing the local business community and interacting with local authorities in working out methods to improve the overall business environment in the City. His enthusiasm and energy are most noticeable – even more than his quaint British accent, which draws supporters to his cause in their droves! The PG Chamber is experiencing a boom. Membership is rapidly increasing. The numbers that attend the Chamber’s regular functions are vastly up on previous years. New assistance programs are now in place to assist our local business community. He has got the Chamber involved in many new projects, assisting Team Punta Gorda in the beautification of the City, planning high-profile community events that bring both old and new visitors to the area but most importantly working with local businesses to ensure that they survive what is undoubtedly a tough time for them, at a time of increased taxes, impact fees, property evaluations etc. etc.
The Chamber is John’s passion. However, in his limited spare time, he is an avid reader, gardener (what Brit isn’t?), rugby fan, sun-worshipper and retail therapy assistant! He has made Punta Gorda his new home and feels a very strong allegiance to the people of this City.