John Read

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John Read


Managing Partner, Read Partners LLC


Charleston, SC


John C. Read manages an independent consulting practice for non-profit, for-profit. foundation and government leaders seeking balance and effectiveness in managing margin and mission.

John has served as CEO and board member for three global, national and regional non-profits: SeriousFun Children’s Network, Paul Newman’s global network of camps and programs serving children with life threatening illnesses; Outward Bound USA, an experiential education program for children and adults, and; Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative, a collective impact initiative in the Charleston SC region.

John entered the non-profit sector in 2001 after serving as President and CEO for Heavy Duty Holdings (HDH), a $400 million mobile equipment components company he founded [Now Commercial Vehicles Group, Inc (CVGI-NASDAQ]. He began his career in government service, holding positions at the Federal and State level, culminating in his appointment by President Ford and confirmation by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary for Employment Standards in the Labor Department. Prior to HDH, John served in senior manufacturing roles with Cummins Engine and the Donaldson Company.

John holds a BA and MBA from Harvard University, and Honorary Doctorate degrees from Centenary College and Shenandoah University. In an issue titled, “The Giving Back Awards” John was honored by Newsweek Magazine as one of fifteen individuals that “make America great”.

John is married to Alexandra Read and they have three children, and five grandchildren.

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