John concluded his 40-year banking career in 2001 after serving as chairman and CEO of Alliance Financial Corp. A graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he has been an active member of the New York Bankers Association and a member of its board of directors. John has served on a number of local boards including the Oneida Area Industries, the Tri-Valley YMCA and WCNY Public Broadcasting.

“I had always been impressed by the broad cross section of Community Foundation board membership. I had been on boards made up of bankers, attorneys and accountants. This was different; we had people working with schools, hospitals, and other nonprofits. I learned more on this board than any other because of the inputs from so many different people. I think one of the biggest challenges for our community is to work with others to improve our downtown areas and inner cities. We need to restore the vitality and safety that once was. With the foundation reaching its 90th anniversary, I expect to see it evolve and meet the changing needs of the community as it has in the past.”
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