John is a part of the Dean’s office in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, where he runs a media production unit that creates graphic design, video and still photography products. He is also a filmmaker and has his own production company which has produced both documentary and narrative films. John volunteers his time and skills to help produce and direct videos for numerous non-profit, arts and political organizations. He worked in and managed a family-owned boutique for 5 years while in college, giving him a thorough understanding of the challenges that can face small retail businesses. He spent his high-school and college years living in Asheville, NC and since then has worked in a number of other cities. John first came to Syracuse for graduate school in 2002 and in the process found the Syracuse Real Food Co-op and is now on the Board of Directors.