CEO & Founder
John has been in the public relations and marketing business for over two decades. The Clifton, N.J. native started Maroon PR in April 2006 after years in the sports PR industry.
John began his career in 1987 after graduating from St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y. He spent three years as a Public Relations Assistant, under the guidance of his mentor Phyllis Merhige, in Major League Baseball’s American League office.
In 1990, John joined the Cleveland Indians organization as their Director of Media Relations. John spent five seasons with the Tribe. During that time, John organized public relations efforts around the construction and opening of Jacobs Fields. He also assisted in the communications planning surrounding the tragic spring training boating accident that claimed the lives of two Indians’ players.
In early 1995 Maroon accepted the position of Director of Public relations for the Baltimore Orioles. While with the O’s Maroon handled all media relations efforts for Cal Ripken’s historic breaking of Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played record in 1995 as well as two trips to the postseason in 1996 and 1997.
In 1999, after five years with the Orioles, John accepted a position as the Vice President of Communications with the Washington Redskins. One year later, he returned to Baltimore where he was reunited with Ripken – working for his newly formed businesses; Ripken Baseball and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. He spent six years closely working with Ripken to garner national media attention for these growing organizations.
In 2006, John opened the doors to Maroon PR. When the company was formed it was strictly a sports PR agency. Since that time Maroon PR has become a respected generalist agency with over thirty active clients nationwide.
John operates Maroon PR with his wife of over twenty years, Carolyn. On their rare days off they enjoy playing golf, are avid readers, and love to spend time with their retired racing greyhound, Connie.