John Barrett is Vice Chairman of the Patronus Health Advisory Board. He is the Executive Director of ISSA, the leading trade association for the global cleaning community, which has more than 7,000 members in 80 countries. Prior to ISSA, John served as Vice Chairman of SMS Assist, a Pritzker Ventures company that developed a technology platform which revolutionized facility services at over 140,000 sites in the U.S. SMS was recently valued at over $1 billion through a Goldman Sachs equity infusion. Prior to SMS, John was President of Eurest Services, a division of the Compass Group, one of the world’s foremost publicly traded food and facility services companies. He was also CEO of Kimco Corp., one of the largest privately-held building service contractors in the United States (Kimco was acquired by Eurest in 2008).
Prior to Kimco, John held executive positions at York Management, Unicco Service Co., Ogden Services Corp., and the Xerox Corp. He has served on the boards of several other organizations, including consumer-electronics-focused Gemini Industries (for which he ultimately served as CEO), Digital Innovations, and SDI (Systems Development Integration). John currently serves on the boards of Origin Capital, a leading, privately-funded, crowd-sourced REIT, CCS, a Silver Oak private-equity-backed services company, Byoplanet International, the industry leader in advanced induction technology, and Ultra Small Fibers, an exciting new company that provides cutting-edge nanotechnology to a variety of industries.
John graduated in 1981 as an Evans Scholar from the University of Michigan. He holds a degree in economics and speech communications. He received his MBA with an emphasis in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago. He is also, and perhaps most importantly, a proud grandfather of three.