John’s role as a Private Wealth Advisor at IronBridge is to guide military service members, veterans, and federal employees in understanding their benefits while in our nation’s service and what they lose and might gain when they separate or retire from that service.
John joined IronBridge in 2023. His first career was serving as a Marine officer. He briefly worked in another industry before becoming a financial advisor working with military service members, veterans, and federal employees.
Where I come from
I was born in San Francisco, California and moved a number of times in my early life while my father was active-duty Air Force before my parents settled in Fairfield, California. I attended the University of Notre Dame and was commissioned into the US Marines where I spent a career as an infantry officer, foreign area officer and master instructor. My last four years were teaching at the U.S. Naval Academy. Upon retiring from the Marines, I returned to Northern California and began my second career in financial services. I met my amazing wife Nadja after returning to California and I have four sons in their teens and early 20s.
I am a Retired Income Certified Professional® practitioner. I hold a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Notre Dame. I have the FINRA Series 7 and 66 registrations as well as life and health insurance licenses.
As the son of a career Air Force officer and a Marine myself, I have seen the financial challenges that come from serving our nation. I know how important it is to understand those benefits while you serve, how to make the most of them for your family and what happens when you move to the next phase in your life. The best way to have confidence during this is to have a guide to take you through those phases. Providing that mentorship was what motivated me professionally as a Marine and it continues to motivate me as an advisor for families who serve our nation.
I have been involved in physical competition my entire life. I wrestled, ran cross country and track & field in high school, boxed in college and played judo after college which culminated in serving as the officer representative for the Naval Academy Judo Team from 2009-2012. I am now an assistant wrestling coach at my son’s middle school. I am also involved local veterans organizations and my family supports a camp for the developmentally disabled in Northern California that my dad was instrumental in building and growing for more than 30 years.