The Closer: John Warren
From the Upstate Business Journal:
John Warren was working toward a degree in politics at Washington and Lee University, considering careers in business or law, when 9/11 changed the trajectory of his life. Upon graduating in 2003, he joined the Marine Corps. “If there hadn’t been a war, I would not have gone into the Marine Corps,” he said.
He was commissioned an infantry officer and given command of 1st Platoon, Lima Company (call sign: Lima One), deploying to Iraq in 2006 for seven months. After a second deployment, he left the Marines as a captain in 2008.
As founder and CEO of Lima One Capital, Warren has found his military experience to be invaluable as his business grows, influencing everything from how he hires to his focus on evolving and innovating. The company, which provides capital in the form of first mortgage loans to residential real estate investors, has grown to 46 employees with plans to double that number over the next year. Lima One reported 175 percent year-over-year loan volume growth in 2015 and revenue grew by160 percent, and, for Warren, that’s just the beginning.