John was born and raised in Sikeston, Missouri. He graduated from Sikeston Senior High in 1992 and from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in 1996. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1996 to 2000. John returned to Sikeston in 2000 and has been selling real estate and performing real estate appraisal services ever since. John is a licensed Real Estate Broker and a Missouri State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and is also a certified Appraiser for Illinois. John is a member of the Knights of Columbus and a member and Past President of the Sikeston Rotary Club. He and his wife, Valerie, and their three children reside in Sikeston.