John Allen is co-founder and Managing Partner of Bluestone. John has spent two decades in private equity and investment banking focused on the middle market aerospace, defense, and government sector. John has been involved in more than 150 deals with a wide range of companies including some of the biggest names in the market 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 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 Bluestone, John was co-owner of Windsor Group before it was acquired by BB&T Corporation in 2005. While at Windsor Group, John co-founded Windsor Capital Partners Fund I, a private equity/mezzanine fund focused on investing in small and middle-market companies in the defense and government services space.
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 BB&T Capital Partners| Windsor Mezzanine Fund, CIS Secure Computing, and GAP Solutions and Iron Bow Technologies. Additionally, John has served on the boards of Northern Virginia Technology Council and Northern Virginia Family Service.
John has an M.B.A. from American University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Florida.