COO of Happy Family Brands
While pursuing a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University, John used his one elective for an Environmental Ethics class. Inspired by that class, John committed to pursue a career with a holistic, sustainable, and ecological approach to business.
From designing Biodigesters, to ownership of an Organic Food truck called the Paleo Shack, to President of the Board for Idaho’s Bounty Cooperative a Farm to Market logistics Coop serving small Idaho farmers, John has engaged in business as a solution for positive impact in the world. This journey lead him to an opportunity at Happy Family Brands, the leading brand for Premium Organic Baby, Toddler and Kids food in the US.
John has been part of the team that has lead Happy from 13 to nearly 200 million in revenue from 2010-2018. He has grown with the organization to his current role as Chief Operating Officer. Happy Family’s mission is to change the trajectory of children’s health through nutrition. John strongly believes that food, and business, has the responsibility to be sustainable, resilient, regenerative, and purposeful in sourcing, product innovation, and especially in organizational culture.
In his private life, John nourishes his passion for local food and drink, functional fitness, mountain biking, and snowboarding with his wife Emily in the Northend of Boise, Idaho.