John was born and raised in the Midwest and in the early 1980’s he left home to join the Air Force. He spent 6 years in the military and moved on to work with Lockheed on the Space Shuttle program and then moved into the Insurance business. In the spring of 2002 he started a full time antique business that grew into bigshipsalvage.com. Today he spends alot of his time buying inventory for the warehouse and vending at some of the larger nautical related shows up and down the East Coast. You may even catch him on the other end of the phone if you call in to place an order! In the fall of 2012 he set out to build a new warehouse operation and ended up planting new roots just outside of Spartanburg, South Carolina.