John brings over 25 years of experience in operational leadership, strategic planning, process improvement, security operations and project management. John is the founder and president of PGS TEK LLC; a certified veteran owned small business focused on full spectrum IT solutions through strategic partnerships with industry leaders.
Just prior to starting PGS TEK LLC, John deployed to the Middle East as a Pennsylvania Guardsman where he served as the Headquarters Battalion Commander and Senior Engineer for Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve; a 2 Star Joint Forces Military Command responsible for coordinating missions within a multi-country operational area.
John retired from the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 2012, serving nine years as Senator of the 37th district and seven years in the House of Representatives. Senator Pippy was a member of the Republican Senate Leadership team, serving as Policy Chairman, as well as, Chairman of the Bipartisan Legislative Budget and Finance Committee and Chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee.
He currently holds the rank of Colonel in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and serves as the Commander of the 55th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Scranton, PA and the Commander of FEMA Region 3 Homeland Response Force.
John has served overseas on active duty in Syria, Iraq and Kuwait and has been awarded numerous medals recognizing his military service including the Combat Action Badge, the US Army Bronze Star for meritorious service, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with “C” device.
John currently serves as a board member of American Energy Partners (AEPT), the Port of Pittsburgh Commission, the Veterans Breakfast Club and Pittsburgh Hires Veterans.
John has a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U. S. Army War College, a Master of Arts in International Relations from Irish American University in Dublin, Ireland and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.