Founder, Alliance for Bonded Term Limits
Topics of Expertise
- Term Limits
Subject Matter Expert Bio
John Skarvala is the founder and head of Alliance for Bonded Term Limits. ABTL is dedicated to providing voters an opportunity to elect candidates who will reform Congress by limiting their time there. His mission is to return to citzen government by advocating practices and policies that encourage fresh blood and new ideas in government.
John Skvarla was hired by Restoration Systems in January 2005 as the company’s first President and Chief Operating Officer and currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer. His background is diverse in assignment and responsibility, but focused singularly on the careful, sustainable growth of reputable business organizations. In recent years he has served as Managing Director of an investment banking office in Raleigh, NC, owner of a Sandhills golf course community, and turned around a waste products manufacturing company with primary offices in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Chicago.
His professional career began with the practice of law in 1973, where he served as an associate, and subsequently partner, of a boutique business and tax firm. In 1978, Skvarla founded and served as Senior Partner to the Raleigh, NC-based law firm of Skvarla, Wyrick and Robbins, specializing in corporate and tax matters, as well as public and private capital formations. The organization currently operates as Wyrick, Robbins, Yates and Ponton with 75 attorneys and specializes in growth business law.
From 1984 through 1986, Skvarla held the position of Chief Operating Officer of The Aviation Group, Inc. During his tenure, the company emerged as the world’s largest all-cargo airline, providing start-up and flight operation services to UPS, Emery, Purlator Courier and Burlington Northern in the overnight package industry. His responsibilities with The Aviation Group encompassed management of all operations, including 1,200 employees and 400 unionized pilots, and direct involvement in all public and private financing negotiations.
From 1987 to 1998 Skvarla held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Director for Pro Active Therapy, Inc. in Raleigh, NC. His accomplishments with the company include the acquisition and operation of over 75 physical therapy centers utilizing 450 employees in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Skvarla held responsibility for all aspects of the company, including debt and equity financing transactions until its sale to NovaCare in July of 1998.
Skvarla holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Manhattan College in New York and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. His accomplishments also include appointments to the Board of Directors for the UNC School of Law Foundation, School of Nursing Foundation and the Law Entrepreneurial Council. He has also served as the President of the Board of Visitors at Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the author of The People’s Prescription for What Really Ails America’s Health Care System, published in 1994 by Signal Books.
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