John is an Active Duty Senior Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy and serves as an Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician. In simple terms, he's a part of the Navy’s Bomb Squad and blows things up for a living. More importantly, he's a husband to his beautiful wife Michelle and a father of three wonderful children, Cody, Kylie and Cassidy.
His faith, family and friends are the three most important things in his life, and he's fiercely loyal and passionate
about the things he believes in.
FROM THE MAN HIMSELF:
I have been in the Navy for over 18 years and, I have been all around the world. I have done and seen things in my life that I never thought I would. Within EOD I have slipped below waters surface on dive operations, jumped out of planes on military free fall jumps, and even gone down range to disarm improvised explosive devices (IEDs). But the real reason why I stay in and do what I do is for the guys that stand on the left and right of me that I call my brothers. I love what I do and I am committed to the country I serve.
Two life lessons for success my dad always taught, “surround yourself with people that lift you up and encourage you to do better.” The second one being, “always take time to build up and take care of the guys that work under you. If you do that, then you will never fail.” In that same way, the reason I started OneNation Coffee is because I really want to make a difference in our community. I believe that OneNation Coffee can be more than just a coffee company. I believe this company can show people that with a little faith, and a lot of hard work, dreams can become a possibility. No matter what happens, I am excited to be apart of this company with one of my best friends since childhood.
My prayer is that this company will be a blessing to my family and to everyone else that comes across us.
—John C. Richards