John is the founding Executive Director of the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) of New England. Prior to that he led development of ocean renewable energy for the University of Massachusetts. He has 25 years of experience in technology commercialization in a variety of high technology businesses including Polaroid and GTE, has been President of two companies, and led a startup, Micro Magnetics, that transitioned an advanced materials sensor from university demonstration to Beta ready tool in 11 months while raising $3 million. He has a BS degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, an MS in engineering degree from the University of Washington; and an MBA degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. John was a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Ocean Advisory Commission, on the Advisory Board of SeaPlan, and sits on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. He actively employs his own renewable energy rowing whale boats.