John Woodard has spent over 25 years in the private equity industry. He began his career in The First Boston Corporation’s Management Buyout Group, where he worked with the team that would go on to form Vestar. In 1988, he left to join Wesray Capital Corporation, whose principals provided Vestar’s initial seed capital. Two years later, John joined Vestar as a Vice President. He later spent two years as a Managing Director in the private equity practice at The Blackstone Group, but returned to Vestar in 1998 as a Managing Director in the Denver office. He led the firm’s Industrial practice, served on its investment committee and spent three years in Japan running Vestar’s Asian operations. John earned his BA in Economics, with honors, from Williams College. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he has lived in Denver for the last fifteen years with his wife and three sons. He enjoys cycling, fly fishing and skiing.