John is active in the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), a leading securities industry trade group in the US. He served as a member of SIFMA’s Board of Directors for more than a decade, as Chairman-Elect and Chairman in 2010 and 2011, and continues to chair SIFMA’s Advisory Council. As a representative of SIFMA, John advocated for responsible financial regulatory reform and testified before Congress in support of a federal fiduciary standard of care for investment professionals.
John has worked in the financial services industry for over 35 years. While leading RBC Wealth Management US, John also served as member of the Board of Directors of RBC’s intermediate US holding company and as a member of RBC’s Global Wealth Management Operating Committee, overseeing retail brokerage, asset management, private banking and trust activities for over $1 trillion CDN in client assets in 40 countries. He served as Chairman, president and CEO of Voyageur Asset Management; president of Dougherty Summit Securities; a member of the Board of Directors of Segall, Bryant and Hamill, The Clifton Group and the Vintage mutual funds; and managing director at Piper Jaffray & Hopwood. John was an assistant to the Mayor of Saint Paul, MN and has worked as a journalist.
Investment Advisor magazine named John to its 2013 IA 25 list of the most influential people in the financial industry, and he was included on the 2014 and 2015 lists of Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business by Trust Across America. Additionally, he was named as a “Leading Individual" by the Family Wealth Report.
An active diversity advocate around issues of gender identity, John served as executive sponsor for RBC’s PRIDE employee resource group. Under his leadership, the firm received a 100% rating in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for five years running. John was named an “Outstanding Corporate Diversity Leader" by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).
John is the author of two books. His first book, Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall Street, published in 2012, looked back at the financial crisis and called on the industry to return to its stewardship principles. Editors at Amazon selected Stewardship as one of their “top picks" for March 2012, and it was named “best book of spring" on Bloomberg radio, while Bloomberg TV cited it as an “absolute must-read book."
His most recent book, A Force for Good: How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism, looks forward and offers innovative ideas on how the financial system needs to evolve to contribute more consistently to positive societal outcomes and help secure a better future for everyone.
John has been a guest host on CNBC's Squawk Box and on Bloomberg TV's Surveillance and has been interviewed by other top news outlets, including CNN, FOX, FOX Business News, Bloomberg TV and radio, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New York Times, Barron's, Fortune, and Financial Times.
He has also authored articles that appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, Forbes, Barron's and the Huffington Post. John is a frequent presenter and speaker at various events across the country, including the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School and the Center for Ethical Business Cultures at the University of St. Thomas. He also writes thought-provoking blogs as part of the exclusive LinkedIn Influencer program.
As a member of the board of directors and a volunteer, John has served a wide range of not-for-profit and public service organizations. He is an active member of the Itasca Project, The Minneapolis Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Previously, John served as a director of the Walker Art Center, Macalester College, Breck School, Northwest Area Foundation, Minnesota Public Radio, Twin Cities Public Television, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Illusion Theatre, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minnesota Business Partnership, Greater MSP and the Taft School. He has also served on several public sector task forces, including the Mayor's Council on Economic Development Finance, Blue Ribbon Commission on Pensions and the Mayor's Working Group on Local Government Finance.