John Warren, 38, is the founder and CEO of Lima One Capital, a specialty mortgage finance company. Currently lending in over forty states, the company has grown into one of the largest lenders for residential real estate investors and homebuilders. Lima One has been recognized as the Fastest Growing Company in South Carolina, one of the Best Places to Work in SC, and the Most Ethical Company in SC. The company’s workforce is composed of over 80 full time employees and over 250 contract employees.
Prior to founding Lima One Capital, John served four years on active duty as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. In March of 2006, he deployed with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines to Ramadi, Iraq where he spent seven months conducting combat operations against insurgent forces. While deployed, he was decorated for “valor” and “heroic achievement” as he “led a counter attack against insurgents attacking Observation Post Virginia.” In total, he led over 300 combat missions and left the Marine Corps with the Rank of Captain. He speaks regularly on U.S. foreign policy, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
John earned a B.A. from Washington and Lee University and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He lives in Greenville with his wife Courtney and son Stevie, is an active member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS) and Young President’s Organization (YPO), and is a member of Downtown Presbyterian Church and several other civic organizations. Most recently, he was named to Greenville Business Magazine’s “50 Most Influential” and the Upstate Business Journal’s “The Closer,” for its annual Who’s Who Awards.