John A. Block

Co-Founder, CEO

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Responsible for leading with our Principles, driving our Partner & Propel investment strategy, working with the Investment Team as a Team Lead and identifying ways to Build Better Together with all of our partners.

Most recently Partner at HGGC with Board Seats on over ten Services and Software companies during tenure on the Investment Team.  Thankful for the opportunity to partner with many great leaders and teams during this time.  It was from these shared experiences that we shape the Principle-based investment philosophy we use as we seek to partner with teams to scale platforms quickly.  Prior to joining HGGC in 2010, Associate at Bain & Company.

MBA from the University of Chicago; BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Where I spent my childhood and cities I have lived in

Born in St Louis and lived there through college…then moved to Dallas, Chicago, West Palm Beach, Chicago again, San Francisco and now Dallas again.

Family matters

More than anything in the world!!!

First job ever

Working summers at a landscaping supply company throughout high school. We did everything from loading cars with bags of mulch, rocks and sod to loading freight trucks with forklifts and dump trucks with skit-steers. And in between we kept the lot clean, stacking pallets, cleaning up brick piles and sweeping the pavement.

Most likely to spend a spare hour

Cooking dinner for family and friends. I fancy myself an artistic cook who loves everything from the creative thinking and problem-solving that is associated with getting home and finding a way to pull together a meal for family that is at least edible based on what we have on hand at any given time to the planned-out dinner party for friends.

Where you’ll find me on a Saturday morning

Going on a “pack run” with my partner in life, Shannon, our daughters Emma and Avery and our English Lab Daisy. Our runs now thankfully include stops at the park swinging and many stops abruptly for Daisy wanting to smell and eat everything.

Favorite workout routines

30+ minutes of something every day! Running, cycling or strength training. Great way to keep my energy levels up (and maybe in check) while also clearing my mind for the day.

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