John Burch is an Illinois native having grown up in Hoffman Estates. He graduated from the University
of Illinois in 1989 with a BS Degree in General Engineering and Secondary Concentration in Engineering
Administration. He went on to later earn his MBA from Kent State University.
John has spent his entire 30+ year career in the manufacturing industry. After graduating from the
University of Illinois, John worked for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for 16 years gaining
valuable experience across several different disciplines within the manufacturing sector including
operations, engineering, marketing, sales and general management. While with Goodyear he was tapped
to lead the company’s European Air Spring business for six years, then built a team that successfully
turned around the company’s struggling Industrial Power Transmission business when he returned to the
States in 2000. After working in different facilities in Nebraska, Ohio and three countries in Europe, John
returned to Illinois in 2002. He joined Bison Gear & Engineering Corporation located in St Charles,
Illinois in 2008 where he served in various roles, including General Product Manager, Vice President of
Product Management & Strategic Marketing and Executive Vice President of Go To Market, before being
named Chief Executive Officer in 2017. In addition to his role at Bison, John currently serves on the
Board of Directors of the Valley Industrial Association as Chairperson.
Outside of work, John coached all of his children in their various sports endeavors through the years
including basketball and travel baseball. His current hobbies focus on outdoor activities such as golf and
skiing as well as traveling. John and his wife Kelly live in St Charles, IL and are parents to five children,
including one University of Illinois graduate.