Since 2004, John’s business, K12.IT, has been designing, implementing, and managing school technology and facilities systems in underserved neighborhoods in and around multiple east-coast cities including Philadelphia, Trenton, NJ, and Washington, D.C. That business continues to operate and has served many charter, private, independent, and contract K-12 schools and early learning centers. HopDial Phone Systems was formed in 2012 as a complementary business and is now operating in a dozen states across the country. With a focus on technical integrations, HopDial connects an organization’s phone system with new or existing mass notification and access control systems – both becoming increasingly critical throughout the country.
Before owning and operating his businesses, John was involved with a startup based in Arlington, Virginia. For them, he managed the implementation and deployment of redundant, high-availability systems used for life- saving operational communication as well as public notification for entities including the United States Army, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania State Police, Delaware River Port Authority, the City of Philadelphia Police, Fire, and Emergency Management offices, and Washington D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department, among many others.
As a Philadelphia native, John has been volunteering with several groups on the east coast since the late 1990’s. These organizations focused on supporting families faced with child abuse, children or adults with developmental or physical disabilities, as well as groups that focus on animal welfare & rescue. In 2001 John became certified in 911 response as a firefighter/EMT, serving first as a volunteer with Springfield Ambulance Association, then with Wyndmoor Hose Co. No. 1, and subsequently became a board member of both organizations. Today John remains an active certified first responder and continues to serve on the executive board of the 115-year-old fire department as financial secretary.
John is also currently vice-chair of Tree House Books, a giving library and literacy center located in a section of blighted North Philadelphia known as the “badlands”. The amazing Tree House team ensures severely disadvantaged families have access to free books, high-quality literacy programming, and safe after-school activities.
John joined FACTTC during the early stages of the COVID pandemic and was soon drafted as an ambassador. While participating at FACCTC chamber events, John learned of and joined the Asian Business Association of the Inland Empire (ABAIE) – where he continues to remain active. John is currently an ambassador for the Eastvale Chamber, an active volunteer with Operation Community Cares, and volunteers with many other community or business organizations.
John was born and raised just outside of the city of Philadelphia, and now calls Rancho Cucamonga home. He enjoys spending time with his wife, toddler, and dog-daughter. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computing technology from Drexel University and studied project management at Villanova University. John also had the unique opportunity to participate in the early days of the Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Businesses program and attributes much of his success to it.
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