John is an accomplished enterprise software entrepreneur with a track record of new venture development and management success.
As co-founder and CEO of FirstBest Systems, I led the development of an industry leading suite of SaaS Insurance Underwriting solutions with the first cloud-based commercial insurance underwriting workstation (FirstBest UMS®), patented technology, agent portals and agent connectivity.
As market-facing CEO, I raised multiple investment rounds from venture firms and strategic investors, built and drove strategic partnerships with EY, Accenture, CapGemini, and Data Analytics firms, and led all company operations including sales, professional services, marketing, engineering, and Business Development/Partner Relationships, IT, finance, and HR.
During my tenure, the company grew 20% year over year, from startup to the #1 player in the market and recognized industry leader in Underwriting Workstations software. In 2016 Guidewire, a leader in enterprise software solutions, acquired FirstBest.