John moved to Houston, Texas, in 1980 at the age of 21. He worked in sales for a manufacturer's rep firm selling oil equipment. His sales territory was most of south Texas, driving 4000-5000 miles per month. John had the opportunity to call on customers that were located in remote areas of south Texas as well as the corporate offices of some of the largest oil and gas companies in the world located in Houston, Texas. In 1986, he moved back to Michigan and went to work as a mortgage consultant for a small mortgage company, Tranex Financial, and worked there for 13 years. Starting out as a mortgage consultant, he moved into training then became an officer of the company and eventually bought the firm. In 1998, he merged Tranex into the Hantz Financial Group. He worked with Hantz Financial as a Vice President and financial consultant until December of 2010, focusing on marketing and client relationships. His team assisted high net worth clients with their tax planning, estate planning, investment strategies, and business owner concerns, providing advice to clients who needed sophisticated financial planning. While at Hantz Financial, the company grew from 100 employees to over 500 and John was able to help build one of the largest practices within the firm. In April of 2011 he created The Shoe Shine Guys, a mobile shoe shine service that started with an idea, one truck, and a handful of clients. He now has three vehicles, a full-service cobbler store and hundreds of clients. His company continues to add new clients every month and receive calls at least once a quarter about expanding to other parts of the country. John and his wife of 33 years, Janet, have two grown children, John Shay and Jennifer; one son-in-law, Mike; and one rambunctious and adorable grandson, Lucian. A sports enthusiast, John was an avid handball player for over 20 years ( a new titanium knee and work have sidelined him for awhile) and was the Canadian national doubles champion in 1999.