John has been the CEO and Managing Partner of Louisiana’s 1st Choice Auto Auction since he oversaw construction and the first sale in May 2002. He has been in the auction business for 30 years working for large and small chain auction groups until becoming an independent in 1999.
John earned his BSBA from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1979, graduated with his MBA from Tulane University in 1997, and completed his PhD in Organization and Management at Capella University in 2011. He taught business classes as an Adjunct Professor at Southeastern Louisiana University periodically since 2011.
He has served on numerous NAAA and industry boards, including Auto IMS, Auction Edge, and Servnet. He has been an active supporter of Options, a local charity organization that helps adults with disabilities live and work independently, and has served for several years on their board (past president). John is also on the Southeastern Louisiana University Foundation board and Lion Athletics Association (past president). He has served on the Louisiana Used Motor Vehicle Commission since 2009 and has served as chairman since 2011.
John has been married to Georgianne Poteet for 39 years and they have two sons, Andrew 38, and Alexander 33. He enjoys golf, reading, traveling to new places and watching SLU Lions baseball games and Houston Astros baseball games. He is also a New Orleans Saints fan.