John is a 1969 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering.
Upon graduation, John was employed with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in research and development at their experimental foundry in Connecticut. John was called upon for military service and served in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1973 stationed in Frankfurt and Fulda, Germany. After returning to civilian life, he continued his engineering career in several commercial investment casting foundries holding various positions including process metallurgist, market development engineer, and plant manager. John founded his own metals casting company in 1985, New England Castings, Inc., in Bridgton, Maine and
then relocated to a larger facility in Hiram, Maine. In 1998, New England Castings was purchased by the Nelson and Small Group of Portland, Maine and John continued to serve as President for a three- year term.
John then served as a metallurgical consultant for Dearborn Precision Tubular Products in Fryeburg, Maine. At the same time, he was designing and building process equipment for his final foundry venture. For the past 15 years, John and his wife have shared the responsibilities of operating Hildebran Designs Inc., a bronze and brass investment casting foundry.
John started taking violin lessons when he was 7-years-old. He continued formal lessons throughout high school and served as concert master in the Virginia Tech symphony orchestra. Over the past few years, John has played violin at numerous church services as well as performed with the Mountain Top Community Orchestra.
John became an advisor for the Mountain Top Music Center in 2016.