GCAi has provided John with the opportunity to work with professionally with his daughter Quinn and son James.
John J. Garvey is passionate about digital platforms. He recovered from a C grade in the Fortran computer programming language as a student at Marquette University to become a hardware installer and software programmer at Westfield State College as a first job. Everything he touched since that time has had a technical orientation.
John’s Public Relations roots are strong too. He held his first press conference in 1980 as the coordinator for the United States Youth games, a summer job, and that success propelled him to a series of positions each with increased technical and PR responsibilities including serving as a legislative aide in the State House in Boston. Like many entrepreneurs, John eventually was tempted by the aspiration and insecurity of going out on his own and started GCAi in 1991.
Fortuitously, email and the Internet was invented a few years later. John and his GCAi team started building websites in 1996, went on to serve as a marketing consultant for a community bank, build a dot com bank call yourebank.com and eventually started GCAi’s digital marketing efforts in 2005. Since then, he has served as political consultant, helped a number of community banks develop and implement digital PR and online product marketing campaigns, worked in healthcare, transportation, accounting, legal and the grocery industries – all as part of GCAi’s growing list of campaigns and clients.
As noted above, both of John and Sue Garvey’s children have worked for GCAi with Quinn Garvey helping with video, photograph, and serving as a spokes model in several videos and television commercials and James leading GCAi’s contemporary Digital Marketing services.
A graduate of Marquette University and American International College, where he earned a M.S. degree in Organizational Development, John is a prolific writer and an experienced strategic planner. He earned a Certificate in Reputation Management from the Public Relations Society of America and Certificate of Negotiation Training from Harvard University Law School’s Program on Negotiation. John has guest lectured on Digital PR and Online Reputation Management at Marquette University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Springfield College. He was also a keynote speaker on “Managing the Media and Your Reputation in a Crisis” at the Massachusetts Bankers Association’s Executive Officers Conference.
He also currently serves as a volunteer for Wild Care Cape Cod and, in the past, has served a judge and mentor for the global startup accelerator MassChallenge, a board member of Valley Venture Mentors, and a mentor for SparkHolyoke/EforAll.