John Foley, senior counselor, co-founded FolFry in 1996. His distinguished career in investor and corporate relations has spanned more than 30 years. He has considerable expertise implementing programs for a broad selection of public companies. His extensive experience includes arranging group and individual meetings with the investment community nationwide, working closely with local and national media to produce feature coverage for clients, and writing corporate annual reports of which he wrote more than 150, including many award winners.
Prior to establishing FolFry, Foley was a senior executive at Foristall Company, one of the nation’s pioneer investor relations firms.
Earlier, he worked in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer and then served as a Foreign Service Officer, during which time he was posted overseas as a Press Information Officer. In this capacity, he coordinated many special events, including the visit of the Apollo 11 astronauts to Africa. Other duties included writing news and feature reports for the Voice of America, a worldwide news and information radio service funded by the U.S. government.
Foley served as president of the United States Academic Decathlon (USAD), the nation’s largest academic competition for high school students, representing USAD at a White House ceremony with President Clinton. He has also served as president of the Community Family Guidance Center, which provides services to children in southeastern Los Angeles County.
Foley earned an A.B. degree in English language and literature from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.F.A. degree in creative writing from the University of California, Irvine. He has also completed additional graduate work in business, finance, and investment analysis at UCLA, and has taught at both UCI and the University of Arizona.