John has been in the banking industry his entire career, beginning with American National Bank & Trust Company in St. Paul, MN. In 1974, he established the Barry Banking Organization, which included controlling ownership of twenty commercial bank charters across the Western and Midwestern United States.
Entrepreneurially focused, John has owned several diverse businesses including insurance agencies, mortgage banking companies, automobile leasing ventures, credit reporting operations, a chemical manufacturing company and a commercial airline.
John serves as the Chairman and CEO of MidAmerica Holdings, Ltd. (MAH), and MidAmerica Capital Partners LLC (MACP), which were established in 1998 following the sale of the Barry Banking Organization to Norwest Corporation (Wells Fargo Bank).
Committed to proactive philanthropy, John established The Barry Foundation in 1986 to give back to society both locally and globally.
John is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a BS in Banking and Finance, and received an honorary doctor of letters from his alma mater in 2012.