John joined the Marin Rowing Association Board of Directors in 2016. His passion for rowing was ignited while in college at the University of Notre Dame. While it was a club sport there, he challenged the status quo and showed up, uninvited, to the U.S. National Team selection camp in Princeton between his junior and senior years. This opened the door to his being on three U.S. National Teams, including earning a silver medal at the World Rowing Championships in Hazewinkel, Belgium. To further the rowing program at Notre Dame few years later, he initiated a fundraiser for the program by breaking the world record for greatest distance recorded on a Concept II Rowing Machine in a 24 Hour period (287,854 meters). Since joining the Marin Rowing Association over 16 years ago, he has been active in advancing the program and facilities by leading projects like effort to make MRA the first 100% solar powered rowing facility in the United States. Professionally, John realized while working at Bank of America where he led technical recruitment for an organization of 16,000 people that he makes a pretty lousy employee. He has founded 5 companies thus far in his career and prioritizes his time with family above all else.

Sam Kraus