Early in his career, John designed and built high-powered television stations, later moving into product management where he led technology development and worked with the television networks during the conversion from analog to high-definition digital television.
He completed his MBA at SMU Cox in the mid-90s, and soon thereafter started an advisory firm focused on early-stage companies and owner-managed and family businesses. Focused on finance, capital structure and performance, ChurchillTerry has advised more than a hundred businesses on issues ranging from funding to growth to turn-arounds to exit. John selectively invests in privately held companies, venture funds and hedge funds.
He has taught entrepreneurship courses to graduate students at SMU Cox for 25 years, and created the Venture Capital Practicum course in 2002 for select students to get hands-on venture and PE experience sourcing deals for the SMU MBA Venture Fund where he sits as a founding board member.