John R. Allard is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Allard Ventures Group & Allard Nazarian Group, Inc., privately held investment companies with holdings focused on manufacturing companies in the Defense and Industrial markets as well as various real estate holdings in the Hospitality industry.
His career in mergers and acquisitions over the past 25 years has focused on strategy development, financial management, team building and negotiation; critical skills that have enabled him to take several companies to high levels of performance in extremely competitive markets. During his tenure he has lead the company and its investors through over 30 acquisitions and divestitures.
Mr. Allard is currently a member of the C&M and Tenere, Boards of Advisors for the Watermill Group.
He is a strong advocate for a number of non-profit organizations, including the Derryfield School in Manchester, NH where he has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the past 18 years. He is a member of the World President’s Organization (WPO) and was a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) (1993-2015).
Mr. Allard served as the New England Chapter Communications Officer (1995- 1997), Chapter Finance Officer (1997-1999), Shanghai University Hospitality Host (2001), Chairman of the International Boston University in 2002 and as Regional Governance Officer (2006) while with YPO.
In addition, Mr. Allard is a co-founder and Director of the Allard Family Charitable Foundation.
Mr. Allard received his B.S. from Pepperdine University and is a graduate of the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Mr. Allard is married with three children; enjoys golfing, skiing and cycling, as well as collecting fine wines and cigars.