John was born and raised in the Chicagoland area, where his first job as a 13 year old, was being a caddy at the Old Elm Club in Highland Park, IL. His most memorable "loop" was for Hall of Fame sports broadcaster and longtime voice of the Chicago Cubs Jack Brickhouse. Later, while in high school, John had his first experience in food & beverage as a busboy at Lupo's Italian Restaurant in Highwood, IL. Following high school John attended the prestigious Lake Forest College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. While in college he stayed connected to the hospitality industry by bartending on weekends at The Lantern Restaurant in Lake Forest. After college John accepted a position in public relations with Bally Manufacturing in Chicago. Following an aggressive takeover effort by then corporate raider Donald Trump, Bally went through a major restructuring period and suddenly he found himself unemployed. It was then that he came to Naples to visit his parents who had recently retired to the area. Immediately falling in love with the obvious beauty of the surroundings as well as the absence of the harsh winters, John decided to relocate to southwest Florida. Since he had chosen a predominately service oriented area, he decided to utilize his previous experience in food & beverage as a means of entering this field in a full-time capacity. After several years working with the public at various local restaurants, he was presented with an opportunity to enter the club industry in 1992 as Beverage Manager for the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club. After nine years of service there, Wilderness Country Club was fortunate to have John become a member of its food & beverage management team. John has stated that "coming to Wilderness and meeting his wife Maria are unquestionably the two greatest experiences that have occurred during his time in Naples." John is the proud father of Jason Lampe. Jason is a filmmaker who lives in Orlando.