Long John is originally from Houston, Texas, and earned a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from Tuskegee University, where he pledged the Gamma Phi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
John stays very active in the community. He has served on The Community Kitchens Board, The American Lung Association Leadership Council, and has volunteered for Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, Project Homeless Connect, The Greater Area Mayors' Prayer Breakfast, and The Mayor's Division of Youth Services Mentoring Fair. He also participated in the Urban Leadership Initiative, the Mayor's YP United and Leadership UAB.
His hobbies are listening to music, bowling, skating, going to the movies, attending live concerts and traveling to exotic islands.