John was always an ‘A’ student. She worked as a runner for a law firm, then as a cashier and bussing tables to earn money during high school and still graduated with a GPA above 4.0 from Riverview High School in Sarasota.
She graduated with High Honors with a degree in Finance in 1990 from the University of Florida, where she supported herself and paid tuition while working restaurant jobs. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity.
Upon graduation she was hired by Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). She worked hard learning the software industry. Ryder System recruited her to South Florida in 1994. John held positions in Application Strategy and e-Business Development before being named Group Director of International Information Technology, responsible for more than 70 employees in nine countries. She reported to the Chief Information Officer and led staff in the UK, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, China and Singapore. John was laid off in 2009 when Ryder exited business in many of those countries and eliminated her position. Disappointing at the time, but now an experience John values.
Within a week after the layoff, John received an offer from MasTec, Inc., at that time a $2 billion telecomm and utilities construction firm, as its Chief Information Officer. After much deliberation, John declined the position on a permanent basis. With her husband’s support, she put raising the boys and family ahead of career. She accepted MasTec’s request to hold the position temporarily while she helped them recruit a permanent CIO. John implemented approximately $500,000 in cost saving initiatives during her 6-month tenure as MasTec CIO.
In 2011, Ryder CEO Robert Sanchez called John to return and help launch their new Transactional Maintenance product. She agreed to do so as a part-time consultant. Ryder agreed to accommodate her schedule so that she could continue to raise her young sons. John has provided strategic consulting on technology projects for Ryder for the last 3 years.