John P. DeBlasio is Chairman of DT Global, in addition to his role as the Founder and Executive Director of the Global Peace and Development (GPD) Charitable Trust, a venture-philanthropy initiative that aims to promote peace and stability through civic engagement, journalism, and the development of transformational leaders. John created GPD after a successful career in the business, military and in the public sector.
During his business and military career, John has lived for extended periods of time in Europe, the Republic of Korea and the Middle East (Iraq/Jordan). John is a recipient of the Bronze Star as well as the Joint Service Commendation Medal. After returning from active duty in 2004, John co-founded Sallyport Global Services and built what would become the largest provider of security and facilities management services to USAID prime contractors operating in Iraq, as well as a primary contractor for the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of State (DoS), NASA, The World Bank and Foreign Ministries, the UN, and a number of private clients. During his tenure, John grew the Sallyport Global Services from one employee to more than 1,900 employees worldwide with annual revenues of over $200M and established it’s reputation as one of the most trusted security and mission support service providers globally.
John established Bootstrap Capital in 2012 to serve as a private equity firm that provides partnership opportunities for small/medium sized growth and family businesses. Currently, Bootstrap holds multiple debt & equity investments in a variety of manufacturing automation, real-estate and other businesses.
In 2011, John successfully sold Sallyport to D.C. Capital Partners and took the “Gates-Buffett Giving Pledge” subsequently dedicating more than half (~85%) of his net worth to charitable causes. Since inception GPD has committed over $15 million in charitable contributions to over 23 organizations globally, with the primary goal of creating more opportunity for others to promote peace and democracy worldwide. GPD provides support to a wide range of organizations through ongoing major grants. John is leveraging GPD Charitable Trust’s global influence as an engaged, compassionate philanthropist — and addressing some of the world’s biggest challenges.
John is a 1989 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and served 21 years in active and reserve service before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves Civil Affairs branch in 2011. He also holds degrees from the University of South Carolina Master of International Business Studies program and completed studies at the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth.