John is a native of Erie County, Ohio and a graduate of Sandusky High School. He attended the University of Toledo earning a bachelor of education degree. For the past 10 years, he served as the executive director of the Sandusky Main Street Association, an economic development organization specializing in downtown revitalization and was a key factor in the current, and ongoing renaissance of downtown Sandusky. He was instrumental in facilitating more than $125 million in new development and attracting at least 50 new businesses into the district throughout his tenure. Before joining Main Street, he worked as a Relationship Manager and Registered Financial Representative with KeyBank /McDonald Investments. John is also credited with creation of the highly successful Duck Derby fundraiser, which was a collaboration between Sandusky Main Street Association and United Way of Erie County.
John has more than a decade of experience in sales and marketing at the national level. His extensive knowledge in sales and relationship management will be critical as he enhances the fundraising efforts at United Way of Erie County.
John has been actively involved in the community throughout his career with contributions to a variety of organizations. He has been a member of the Heritage Ohio Advisory Board, Sandusky Area YMCA Board of Directors, Leadership Erie County Board of Trustees, Sandusky Brownfields Committee, Sandusky Bayfront Corridor Committee, Downtown Design Review Board, founding member of the North Coast Young Professionals, and the Coachlight Charity Ball Committee.
He currently resides in nearby Huron, Ohio with his wife Jennifer.
Kevin moved to Sandusky from Akron 20 years ago. He graduated from Akron Springfield High School and Received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Heidelberg College. He was hired as the Campaign Manager with the United Way of Erie County in June 2013. He previously worked for the Sandusky Area YMCA 2002 – 2009, and the Vermilion Family YMCA 2008 – 2013. He is a member of the Kiwanis of Sandusky and serves on their Board. He is married to Stacy Williams and has 2 children, Felicia and Cordell.
United Way of Erie County works with local colleges, universities and adult programs to provide on-going education to interns, externs and co-ops. United Way is excited to have the opportunity to teach and assist students in learning more about the community and non-profit work.
To date, United Way has had interns from the following programs:
- BGSU Main and Firelands Campuses
- BGSU - Visual Communications Technology Co-Op Program
- EHOVE Adult Career Center Professional Specialist Program