John is a 1989 graduate of Norfolk State University and a proud alumnus of the “Marching Spartan Legion” where he served as section leader of the “Dehoinz” Mellophone section. John pledged Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Pi chapter at Norfolk State University and earned a B.S. Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. John has worked in the field of Cyber-Security for over 20 years and presently works as a Technical Solutions Architect for Cisco Systems. John has been married to Aprile Newsome (a graduate of Hampton University) for 27 years and together they have three children (Teylor 26, Sydnee 19 and Giovanni 15.) John is a native of Atlanta, GA and presently resides in Snellville, GA.