John Huston


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During his 30-year commercial banking career, John’s positions at banks in five states ranged from Chief Lending Officer to Chief Credit Officer to CEO. Since retiring from banking in 2000, he has been an active business angel, adviser, columnist and frequent speaker in his area of expertise, which is optimizing a private company’s capital structure. He established USPrivateCompanies, LLC in 2001 as a private equity firm investing in ventures in the Imaging, Incubating and Demonstrating stages.

John has been an active member of the Ohio Venture Capital Authority since its inception in 2003 and serves as its Vice Chairman. In 2004, John founded the Ohio TechAngel Fund, LLC which has a membership of 99 Accredited Investors and is a founding member of the Angel Capital Association (“The Professional Alliance of Angels”).


John has taught finance at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, frequently serves as a lecturer and business plan judge at Ohio’s colleges and universities, and devotes time to The Ohio Venture Association, OMERIS, Rev1 Ventures, Columbus Investment Forum, The Columbus Entrepreneurial Advisory Committee, and the ARCHAngels (Akron). John is a director of the Angel Capital Association and also serves on the boards of several ventures funded by USPrivateCompanies, LLC and/or The Ohio TechAngel Fund, LLC. John holds a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Georgia Southern University (which he earned while stationed as a navy pilot in Georgia).


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