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 – one year after his 40th birthday. He knew that if he was ever going to start his own business he had better do it then.
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 – working under respected public relations professional, Bob DiBiasio. 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, Steve Olin and Tim Crews, while a third, Bobby Ojeda, narrowly escaped death.
After the work stoppage and cancellation of the 1994 World Series, John relocated to accept a position with the Baltimore Orioles as the Director of Public Relations. On September 6, 1995, during John’s first season with the club, Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s streak by playing in his 2,131st consecutive game. John handled local, regional, national, and international media surrounding the historic event – regarded by many as the feat that restored baseball as the American pasttime after the work stoppage. It was also the start of a working relationship and friendship between John and Ripken that still exists to this day.
Over the next two seasons the Orioles advanced to the American League Championship Series with John and his staff handling all public relations efforts surrounding their postseason runs.
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. Initially, the agency had two clients; Ripken Baseball and the Babe Ruth Museum. In the last six years, in addition to their first two clients, Maroon PR has grown to manage the marketing and public relations efforts of dozens of clients nationwide. Today, John’s business is widely regarded as one of the leading agencies in the area.
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.