John Pohlhaus’ diversified business background spans global Fortune 1000 operations to startups in the industrial, pharmaceutical, and distribution industries. John holds an MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, and a BA in Political Science and English Literature from Temple University. After grad school, John was recruited by Nihon Schering, a Japanese subsidiary of Schering AG, as an intern to work on marketing research for drug product launches for the Japanese pharmaceutical market. After returning to the United States, John was recruited by Mitsubishi International Corporation in New York to work as a manager in the Machinery Group within the Ship Sales Department where he worked on port development and ship-to-shore crane sales to the Port Authority of Jamaica. John was then promoted to Mitsubishi’s Venture Capital Group, where he worked on investments for Mitsubishi group companies.
In 2001, John co-founded with Mitsubishi’s support a distributed generation energy company for national big box retailers and supermarket chains called Sequoia Energy. John subsequently served as a consultant for Mitsubishi helping launch a Japanese energy management software and hardware company called Epsilon Energy. In 2006, John joined the leadership team of a national fastener distributor called PM Fasteners, where he successfully turned around the company by securing contracts with national energy, telecommunications, and industrial customers such as GE, Alcatel Lucent, Anixter, Enersys, East Penn, Lutron, and others. John purchased the company in 2012 and, as a co-owner, led the company’s improvement to a 10% net profit.