Co-Founder & CEO
John Allen is co-founder and CEO of Bluestone Capital Partners. At Bluestone, John directs key client relationships and oversees day-to-day operations of the firm. During his two decades in investment banking, he has been involved in more than 150 deals with and for Fortune 500 and middle-market companies. This includes some of the biggest names in the aerospace, defense and government services markets such as AECOM, General Dynamics, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, ManTech, Raytheon, SAIC, The Carlyle Group, TransDigm and Veritas Capital.
Because of his success and thought leadership, John has received many industry accolades including Investment Banker of the Year honors from the Association for Corporate Growth. He is also frequently interviewed as an investment banking and industry expert and has had articles and quotes published in Barrons, Washington Technology, Aviation Week, Defense News, Washington Business Journal, The Deal and The Washington Post, among many others. John has also briefed members of Congress and congressional committees on issues important to small and middle-market businesses.
Prior to founding Bluestone, John was co-owner of Windsor Group before it was acquired by BB&T Corporation in 2005. He also founded Windsor Capital Partners Fund I, a private equity/mezzanine fund focused on investing in small and middle-market companies.
Before joining Windsor Group, John was President of Quarterdeck Investment Partners, an investment banking firm focused on the aerospace, defense, and government market. He helped lead Quarterdeck from a start-up to the eventual sale of a minority position to Jefferies & Company.
John has served on boards of multiple businesses and charitable organizations including Advanced Engineering & Research Associates, BB&T Capital Partners| Windsor Mezzanine Fund, Quarterdeck Investment Partners, Inc., Northern Virginia Technology Council, and Sentech, Inc. He currently serves on the boards of CIS Secure Computing, Iron Bow Technologies, and GAP Solutions, Inc.
John has a Masters of Business Administration from American University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Florida.