John is a native of the Dominican Republic and has lived in Florida since the age of 10. Other than serving in the Army, John has been a lifelong Banker and Entrepreneur. He is currently serving as President and CEO of First Federal Bank, a $ 4 billion bank with clients and offices around the country.
John’s core belief in service to others and our community is evident by his active involvement in Rotary and our community. Some of John’s current and previous Rotary activities include; Sergeant-at-Arms, Chair of International Services Committee, Club President – 2013-2014, Club Board of Directors for a number of years, D6940 Area Governor – Area 6, Bequest Society Level II, Perfect Attendance Since 2011, Multiple PHF, Paul Harris Society, Major Donor Level II, RLI Graduate and Discussion Leader, Sustaining Member, Multiple New Members Sponsored, Multiple District Conferences, Multiple PETS and Pre-PETS, Multiple Foundation Seminars, and has attended multiple International Conventions in the US and abroad. John served as the Florida PETS Training Chair in 2022 and 2023, Zone 34 Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, and Zone Emerging Leader Training committee. John will serve as the DGE Trainer at this year’s Governor Elect Training Seminar (GETS). John is currently the Zone 33/34 Assistant Treasurer and will serve as Treasurer in 2024 and 2025. In addition to these leadership roles, John has participated in a number of community service projects, including; Second Harvest Backpack Program, Started the “Greatest Generation” Program, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Habitat Builds, Roast and Toast Committee, RYLA volunteer, RYC Volunteer, and GSE Host. John was previously a member of the Rotary Club of Tallahassee and is now a member of the Lake City Rotary Club. In addition to Rotary, John has served in countless other non-profit boards.
On a personal note, John has been married 34 years to Dee Dee (Harvard) Medina and they have 3 children; J.A., Harvard, and Mary Claire. John’s hobbies include being very active with his Church and in the life of his family. Other hobbies include reading, fishing, travel, and John has completed over 40 church mission trips around the world as a mission team leader. He has also competed in many marathons and triathlons over the years.
John served as District 6940 Governor in 2018-2019.