John DeBlasio

Executive Director, Managing Partner, and Founder in Chicago, Illinois

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John DeBlasio Co-Founded and is the Managing Partner of Bootstrap Capital LLC (http://bootstrap-capital.com/), as well as Founder and Executive Director of the GPD Charitable Trust (http://gpdcharitabletrust.org/)- both were established following the sale of Sallyport Global Holdings in June 2011, where he was previously the Owner. The Foundation was established to assist at-risk young adults as well as to promote democracy world-wide and has made several significant grants and partnerships since inception, while Bootstrap Capital has focused on enabling strong entrepreneurs leading growth stage companies to succeed without ceding control of their businesses.

Previously, as owner of Sallyport Global Holdings, he built an organization which employed over 1,900 people worldwide and became the largest provider of security and facilities management services to US Agency for International Development, USAID, prime contractors operating in Iraq. In addition, they served as a primary contractor for the US Department of Defense and US Department of State in Central Asia and Africa.

He is a 1989 West Point Graduate, who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve Civil Affairs branch and was deployed to the Middle East in 2003-2004, where he worked with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). During this time, he also served as an Advisor to the Ministry of Trade and as the CPA Liaison with the US Embassy in Amman Jordan. He was awarded a Bronze Star, as well as a Joint Service Commendation medal for his service.

He currently serves on the Boards of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, Illinois Joining Forces, and MVP Vets.