Englewood, Ohio – John Carter, President and Chief Technology Officer for ReconaSense of Austin, TX, was inducted into the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 6, 2016, during the All Advisory Dinner. Carter, a 1979 graduate of Vandalia-Butler High School, attended the Industrial Electronics program at MVCTC (when it was known as Montgomery County Joint Vocational School).
John used his technical training at MCJVS/MVCTC to become the President and Chief Technology Officer for ReconaSense of Austin, Texas. John currently designs physical security systems that think and learn. He was a member of the Security Industry Association (SIA) Board of Directors for five years and served on the SIA Executive Committee. John also served on the Homeland Security Advisory Group and participated in the Federal “Go Teams” following 9/11 to establish new guidelines and define new technologies for government security.
John stated how his MCJVS/MVCTC instructors Mr. Melhorn and Mr. Albin were huge inspirations. Right out of high school, Mr. Albin helped John get hired by a NASA contractor to work on the Space Shuttle program. Later, John became the Director of Engineering for a security company where he developed specialized security products and technology.
John has managed international companies and founded multiple successful technology companies. He founded, grew, and sold three companies, including one purchased by a $3 billion dollar Swiss company that has 9,600 employees in 60 countries, where they sold products that John designed. He has provided technology to the White House, Secret Service, Office of Naval Intelligence and many other federal sites. Additionally, he provided and designed security technology for casino gaming companies including Caesars Palace, The Mirage, Rio, Atlantis and others. He also provided and designed technology to universities including The Ohio State University.
However, what John considers one of his biggest accomplishments is coaching kids for 10 years in a youth football league and participating as a mentor at a local school. As stated in his nomination, “John is a prime example that not everyone needs a college degree. Our country needs people who work with their hands and hearts as well as their brains.”
John shared the following about his MCJVS/MVCTC education, “I went to MCJVS/MVCTC to learn a trade and came away with so much more. The skills I learned gave me a solid foundation on which to build a future of my own choosing. The most valuable thing I learned was to believe in myself. The coaching provided by my instructors combined with participation in the VICA program (now SkillsUSA) taught me how to be a leader and gave me the confidence I needed to try new things. MVCTC is a unique and amazing place. Here, you can acquire all the skills needed to succeed in your chosen field. Make the most of every opportunity you find here. Don’t just attend. Participate, excel, achieve and most of all, believe in yourself. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. The future is up to you.”
The ten new MVCTC Hall of Fame members received a special crystal award presented to them by MVCTC Superintendent Dr. Nick Weldy and Director of Instruction Mrs. Rhonda Phillips at a dinner meeting attended by over 350 program advisory members. Their portraits will be displayed in the school and their names will join the other 49 names engraved on a perpetual Hall of Fame plaque in the student activity center. MVCTC Hall of Fame members are inducted every five years from nominations that come from educators, family members, business, and employers. Mrs. Cathy Hutton, Northmont Area Chamber of Commerce Director; Mr. Eddie Mowen, Editor for the Register-Herald, and Ohio Representative Jeff Rezabek judged the Hall of Fame nominations this year.
Dr. Nick Weldy, MVCTC Superintendent, stated “We are proud to honor our returning alumni who have been so successful after leaving the Miami Valley Career Technology Center! Their former instructors provided a firm foundation to assist them in building careers that have blossomed. I appreciate the fact that all of the inductees returned to campus from across the United States to participate in the ceremony and show their dedication to our current mission of educating students to be career and college ready. They serve as inspiring role models for our current students. I congratulate each of our inductees and wish them the best of luck in their quest for continued success.”
For more information about MVCTC, please visit www.mvctc.com. For more information about ReconaSense, please visit http://www.reconasense.com/.
For over 45-years, MVCTC has been providing career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties, including Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren Counties. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.
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Photo: MVCTC 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee, John Carter with MVCTC Superintendent, Dr. Nick Weldy.