President & CEO
In 1999, after a 10-year career in educational leadership, John joined Saunders Engine Company in Mobile, Ala., as the human resources manager. He was later promoted to vice president of yacht services, including the operations in Panama City, Fla., and Orange Beach, Ala. In 2008, after the sale of the engine company, John took on the role of president and CEO of Saunders Yachtworks. In addition to the full responsibility for all aspects of the company performance, his operational role is overseeing the daily functions of the customer service and sales departments. John is a board member and past president of the American Boat builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA) and past president and founding board member of the Central Gulf Marine Trades Association (CGMTA). He is also a past board member for the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber and L’Arche Mobile, and he is a graduate of Leadership Mobile’s Class of 2000. John has presented at IBEX, IMBC, and Chamber of Commerce events. He has also been a contributor to Professional Boat Builder and Southern Boating magazines.