EDUCATION:  Attended The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. He also attended Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations Collective Bargaining program where he studied Labor and Employment Law.

ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED: John was a member of The American Waterways Operators.

WORK HISTORY: John’s career started at Maritrans Inc., where he worked for 25 years. He started at the company’s lowest entry level position and worked his way up to serve as President of Matritrans Inc., for 10 years.  Afterwards, John became the Executive Vice President and General Manager for Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. At that time, Hornbeck was the leading provider of vessels serving the offshore oil and gas industry, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico and select international markets. Then, prior to coming to the Port, John spent five years doing business consulting for oil and gas companies, oil field companies, and financial companies.

FAMILY: John is married to his wife Sharon and has two children, Zac and Skye. He also has a poodle named Dunkin.  

FAVORITE QUOTE: “If you don’t know where you are going, no road will lead you there.”  - variation of a quote by Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland

HOBBIES: Gardening, cooking, traveling, wine tasting, photography and spending time with his wife and dog

E-mail: jburns@portofcoosbay.com