I served as President and CEO of Council Oak Publishing Company, Inc. (dba Council Oak Books) . . . In the mid-1990s, needed additional financial resources, and I needed help in securing either an “angel investor” or . . . possibility finding a buyer for the company. . . a professional in every sense of the word. He quickly came to an understanding of my company . . . we were able to secure the support of a pool of investors to invest in specific publishing projects . . . to maintain an aggressive publishing program until a buyer for the company was found . . .to a San-Francisco-based investor . . . John never gave less than his best effort.