Candidate Statement

John H. DeJongh

For the last fifty years, John and his wife Alida raised a family and since 1999 have made Sarasota their home. They met in Chicago and were married in 1960, moved to Wheaton, IL where their oldest son Peter was born. Alida was a full time home maker for many years while also volunteering in the local library. Afterwards, she obtained her real estate license at the University of Memphis but found personnel recruitment to be more rewarding. She received the “Million Dollar” sales award.
In 1980 John accepted a new position in Memphis, TN as a Vice President of Marketing. He traveled worldwide to develop supply sources in Europe and Asia and has served as President of the National Association of Purchasing Management. He also served as a Director of National Affairs with NAPM and AAPA, both automotive trade associations.
Later, John created a marketing consulting firm, where he served as CEO providing marketing guidance to small and large organizations including Federal Express Corporation. As a result, John joined FedEx in a senior management position to support the strategic software design development. He holds two Master degrees in IT management and Finance. He received numerous recognition awards including a “Doctor of Philanthropy” from the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation.
In 1998, after forty years, they retired and moved to Sarasota where they have enjoyed the diverse cultural activities, including the Sarasota Symphony and the Ringling Museum. John is passionate about giving back to the community by supporting great institutions like the Sarasota Memorial Hospital, the YMCA, and the All Faiths Food Bank. Alida has been a volunteer at Sarasota Memorial for several years, first in the Gift Shop and now in ‘Dispatch’. Locally, John has served as vice President of the Baywood Homeowners Association.
In January 2016, John was appointed to the Public Hospital Board to fill a vacancy. Now John is ready to be “re-elected” to the ‘At Large’ seat at the Hospital Board. Members supervise and direct its own officers and govern the Healthcare System’s effort in carrying out its mission. Board members are required to carry out the fundamental duty of oversight and have knowledge of all reasonably available and pertinent information before taking action.
Serving as an elected Board member and provide business experience to a growing Sarasota County Health System, including the new developments in Newtown, the opening of the new Urgent Care Center at St. Armand, the new Rehabilitation facility opening in December 2016.. We are indeed entering an exciting time with these new developments and growth in Sarasota County.