We are thrilled to partner again with John Ackerman, our newest Teach For America-Indianapolis regional board member. This is John’s second year serving on the board.
John Ackerman, Managing Director, Cardinal Equity Partners
John is a co-founder and Managing Director of Cardinal Equity Partners and has been involved with the purchase and management of middle market businesses since 1993. Today, John provides board level oversight to seven businesses ranging in size from $15 million to over $200 million. John also serves as a Board Member of Hulman & Company (parent company of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway), and Walker Information, Inc.
Prior to John’s private equity experience, he was with the Quaker Oats Company where he managed a variety of the company’s brands, and he also served as a Commercial Lender for The National Bank of Detroit.
John serves on the boards of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Avondale Meadows Academy Charter School, Junior Achievement Foundation, the Indianapolis 500 Festival Foundation, and the Hoosiers For Economic Growth Network, an organization focused on education reform. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Indiana chapter of the World President’s Organization (WPO).
In the past, John has served in board leadership roles for Connor Prairie Museum and Foundation, The Venture Club of Indiana, and The Villages of Indiana, the state’s largest child welfare not-for-profit organization.
John has a bachelor’s degree in business from The University of Michigan and a master’s in management from the J.L. Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. John, a native of Indianapolis, is married and has two children.
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