After graduation from Penn State in Animal Production/Poultry Science in 1988, John began working in the Turkey industry as a service tech for Round Hill Foods in New Oxford, PA.
After over 20 years in turkey commercial live production, John began working with Hybrid Turkeys, a primary breeder, in January 2008 as a technical service representative. Hybrid gave him the opportunity to see turkeys produced around the world. John returned to live production, and spent 3 years as the PA production manager for the Virginia Poultry Growers Co-op working with growers raising ABF and organic turkeys. During that period, he studied the implications of sound water sanitation and the effects on bird performance.
John currently lives just outside of Gettysburg, PA with his wife and 14-year-old son. His daughter, Hannah, is currently a junior at Penn State University majoring in Animal Science with a Poultry Science minor.