John was encouraged to join rotary by a very special and long time member of the Longwood Rotary Club, Ethel Ann Murphy, his Mom.
Born in Philadelphia, John grew up in northern Delaware and Southern Chester County. Having met his wife while attending Shippensburg University, and having lived in Norristown for the first 2 years of their marriage, John and Karen moved to Karen’s hometown of Mechanicsburg, PA where they continue reside.
John has been in the mortgage lending industry for most of his career. In his current role as manager at Fairway Independent Mortgage, he leads a team of over 20 professionals in multiple offices across the region.
In addition to being an active member since 2007 and having served as President of the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North in 2017/18, John has been involved in leadership in a number of organizations throughout the years. He served as President of The Pennsylvania Association of Mortgage Brokers from whom he was awarded Broker of the Year in 2003, as President of The Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce, as President of The Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership, as a Director of the Mechanicsburg Area School District Board of Directors, as a Board Member of Leadership Cumberland, in the leadership line for Eureka West Shore Masonic Lodge, Leadership involvement in the Boy Scouts New Birth of Freedom (He was awarded his Eagle Scout with a Bronze Palm in 1978) and currently serves as a Councilman on the Mechanicsburg Borough Council.
John has been a long-time volunteer for Junior Achievement, serves on the Mechanicsburg Area Foundation and has created and taught classes for the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and PA Department of Banking.
John and Karen who have been married for over 30 years, have two children, Jonathan and Maggie who are both pursuing their respective post graduate dreams.