Experience that Matters
I will focus on solutions drawn from my years of handling large budgets for major corporations and my job creation record as a small business owner and entrepreneur. In addition my major company background in treasury management, bond issuance and pension fund investing gives me the ideal experience to oversee our State Treasury.
John Blankley, a Greenwich resident of 33 years, is a businessman, entrepreneur and has a proven history of commitment to his community.
John and his wife, Vera, came to Greenwich from the UK in 1983 and have lived there ever since. They raised three children, now grown, who attended local public and private schools. One of his proudest moments was when his entire family became US citizens in the late 1990's. He served his community as a member of their Representative Town Meeting for years, and was a member of the finance committee and the claims committee and currently sits on the Board of Estimate and Taxation, Greenwich's finance board
He ran for First Selectman in 2011, the State Assembly in 2012 and the State Senate in 2016 in an overwhelmingly Republican district. In the 2016 election he made a significant improvement in the Democratic result.
John has 40 years of senior executive experience in the oil, gas, chemical and shipping industries. He has served as board member and Chief Financial Officer of the following companies: BP North America, Stolt Tankers and Terminals, Harris Chemicals, Hvide Marine, and MC Shipping. John has a degree in Modern History from Oxford University, qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, and has been responsible for client-side acquisition of major information technologies throughout his career. He is currently the chairman of Flagship Networks, Inc., a computer consulting and systems integration company which he co-founded in 2000.
He also serves on the finance committee of the St. Andrew's Society of the State of New York, the state's oldest charitable organization, with oversight of the society's endowment fund, and on the Executive Committee of the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee. He and his wife Vera have three children and four grandchildren.