Petures Jr., John T.
President & CEO
Akron Community Foundation
Education: Pennsylvania State University (Beaver Campus) and Geneva College, bachelor’s degree
First Job: Planning/allocations assistant with a small United Way in western Pennsylvania.
Toughest Challenge: At 27, leaving home and relocating for a professional opportunity with my wife and 1-year-old son
Greatest Inspiration: My father.
How I Motivate Others: Pay people well, recruit staff/colleagues who have higher expectations for themselves than those
I might ask of them and get out of their way and allow them to grow.
Best Advice: People don’t give to causes; they give to people.
Proudest Moment: Securing a $12 million Endowment Fund gift from a local nonprofit
Most Important Skill: Oral and written communications. Simple note writing is such a lost art.
What I’d Tell 16-Year-Old Me: Find a mentor