John Cornes earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from LeMoyne-Owen College, and has used that knowledge in various industries, including airline, medical and government. He is currently a Real Estate Affiliate Broker representing local and national buyers and sellers of real estate investment and personal properties.
John has been a licensed Affiliate Real Estate Broker since January 2008. He holds licenses in Tennessee and Mississippi and is a Multi-Million Dollar Club member of both states. His current focus is in commercial and residential representation, and as an investor he renovates single family and multi-family properties for rent and sale.
He strongly believes in community involvement and has exhibited this through his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc., the Memphis City Schools Connect Mentoring Program and by annually volunteering for the National Civil Rights Museum and the Diggs Krauss Sickle Cell Walk. John was recently recognized as “Greek of the Year” by the Memphis Pan Hellenic Council and was nominated for the Commercial Appeal Community Service Jefferson Awards.
He also sits on the Board Chair of the Frayser Community Development Corporation, a leading CDC in Memphis and the Freedom Preparatory Academy Charter School where he also serves as Treasurer, which he helped guide from one school to now one of the leading multi-state Charter school networks operating in Tennessee and Alabama.
John is also a current board member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council – Memphis chapter and is a former Board Member of Alpha Memphis Education Foundation and Trezevant High School Alumni Association
John was a participant in the City of Memphis Inaugural Diversity Developer class, a Fellow of the Leadership Academy (New Memphis Institute) and the proud father of one daughter Sharreda, a graduate of Emory University who recently got married and had a child. He enjoys spending his time reading, watching movies and spending time with his wife, Natalie.