John V. Flynn, Jr., a valued member of the Conservancy’s Delaware Chapter Board of Trustees, has an impressive resumé built on an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and another from Princeton University, where he received his PhD in Engineering. He spent most of his career researching, manufacturing and marketing pharmaceuticals in leadership positions with Dupont and Deloitte Consulting. During his time with Deloitte, John took leave to serve as president and chief operating officer of Rollins Environmental, a New York stock exchange company located in Wilmington, to coordinate a merger between the two largest players in the pharmaceutical industry before returning to his role as partner at the firm.
“Semi-retired” since 2002, John now serves as founder and managing director of Healthcare Resource Solutions, an executive search and solutions company serving the health care and pharmaceutical marketplace. However, it’s a recent personal achievement that leaves the Conservancy especially excited for his future contributions to conservation in Delaware.
“Upon retirement I set a goal to climb the top five peaks in the continental U.S. – Mount Whitney in California, Mount Elbert, Mount Massive and Mount Harvard in Colorado, and Mount Rainier in Washington,” says Flynn. “I accomplished this during the summer of 2008.”
John cites a lifelong interest in the environment as a reason for pursuing such an ambitious goal. His passion has also trickled down to his two sons, both who work as entrepreneurs in “green” businesses of their own. Supporting what’s next for them represents Flynn’s latest challenge.
“I want to leave the world a little better than when I found it,” says Flynn. “Supporting businesses like those being launched by my sons, and helping the Conservancy to advance its mission, are ways I hope to accomplish that.”
Adds Flynn, “In between, I’ll continue to climb, bike and remain active through more outdoor adventures.”