Prior to becoming a founding partner of Midwest Growth Partners, John was a Managing Director at The PrivateBank (NASDAQ: PVTB) where he was responsible for identifying and structuring loans for middle-market companies. Before PVTB, John worked as an investment banker for First National Bank of Omaha, where he provided M&A advisory services to middle-market companies and at Goldman Sachs in their asset management division. John has been recognized by The M&A Advisor as one of the top 40 M&A professionals under 40. Starting at 14, John has also owned and operated three small companies.
John received his BBA, MBA, and JD all from the University of Iowa, where he was an Academic All Big 10 selection and letter-winner on the football team.
Away from MGP, John serves as a City Councilman for West Des Moines, a board member for the State of Iowa Historical Society and YPO Iowa, and John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, and is active in his church, St. Francis of Assisi. John’s wife Brooke co-founded, and John serves as a board member for “The Iowa Wave Shirt” a non-profit that has donated more than $1 million to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. John is passionate about fitness, but loves nothing more than spending time with Brooke and coaching his four boys (Jack, Tucker, Hansen, and Hunter).