John is a founder and managing partner with Midwest Growth Partners, a Des Moines based $41 million private equity fund. MGP purchases part of or all of established businesses in the Midwest whose owners are seeking succession planning liquidity or growth capital.
Prior to founding MGP, 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. Starting at 14, John has also owned and operated three other 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 Historical Society of Iowa and John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, and is active in his church, St. Francis of Assisi. He is an avid cycler, but loves nothing more than spending time with his wife Brooke and four boys (Jack, Tucker, Hansen, and Hunter).