John H. Foster is a respected business owner, entrepreneur, and business intermediary. Prior to joining Creative Business Services, John owned and operated Foster Needle Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, one of the largest employers in Manitowoc County. During his tenure with Foster Needle, John helped grow the company to become the world market leader in the manufacture and sales of felting needles.
Through strategic acquisitions and organic growth, Foster Needle became the world’s largest felting needle manufacturer with manufacturing plants in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Redditch, England.
John has developed and owned car wash investments as well as commercial real estate projects on Anna Maria Island, Florida. He is also an investor/member of a regional Angel Investment Corporation, which has holdings in a number of early stage businesses throughout Wisconsin.
During his tenure with Creative Business Services, John has worked with numerous banks, helping them with the disposition of bank owned/distressed properties and businesses. Having owned and managed a multimillion-dollar manufacturing company with plants and offices around the world, John provides a profound understanding of U.S. and international business, manufacturing, brand management, team building and, of course, M&A.
As a business intermediary, he has brokered nearly every imaginable type of business, including manufacturing companies, hotels, restaurants, car washes, convenience stores, and large commercial real estate projects.
He has personally bought and sold many businesses in the M&A market. John provides real world resources for business owners and banking institutions that are looking to improve and/or sell their businesses and assets.