John H. Davis
• Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ventry Industries, LLC
• Former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, American Saw & Manufacturing Company
• Senior Trustee, Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation
Influenced by his philanthropic grandmother who spent some of her childhood in an orphanage in the Midwest, John Davis has been at the heart of a number of community organizations and initiatives. A Senior Trustee to the family’s foundation, he has overseen charitable contributions to myriad community organizations with a specific emphasis on education.
For John, education and development of the potential of young people is a passion. Under his guidance, the Foundation has directed substantial resources toward programs having to do with education and the wellbeing of children, underscoring his belief that investments in early life and early education avoid larger and frequently intractable social costs later on.
This philosophy led John and trustees of the Foundation to be among the first supporters and advocates for reading proficiency for Springfield’s children, founding Read! Reading Success By 4th Grade, a community initiative with the goal of all of Springfield’s children reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.
John serves on the Baystate Health Board of Trustees, is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Nichols College, is Co-Founder of the Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley, is on the board of Baystate Academy Charter Public School, a board member of the Springfield Empowerment Zone, Co-Chair of Springfield Business Leaders for Education, and an Emeritus Board Member for the Urban League of Springfield (MA).
John was the 1995 recipient of the William Pynchon Award and received Honorary Degrees from Bay Path University, American International College, Western New England University, Elms College and Nichols College.