John Perkins

Entrepreneur and Former Missouri Securities Commissioner


John Perkins was President of Inspire Capital from 2014 to 2017. Prior to that he served in several positions with First Wyoming Capital. He was one of the founders of Company and served as Chairman of Board until November of 2011. He served as President of First Trinity Financial Corporation from its inception in 2004 until 2007. From 2007 to 2010 he served as a board member and Secretary. He served as Compliance Director and two years as Secretary of Midwest Holding from 2004 to 2010 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of that company. He served as President of Mid American Alliance Corporation and Mid American Century Life Company from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003. He served on the Board of Directors of Mid-American Alliance and Mid American Century from 1998 to 2003. Mr. Perkins previously owned Perkins Law Office in Jefferson City, Missouri from 1995 to 2003, where he specialized in securities law. From 1983-1995 he was the Commissioner of Securities for the State of Missouri, having previously served as its Chief of Enforcement for two years. He was an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office from 1977-1981. He also served on the Board of Directors of the North American Securities Administrators Associations for five years and as its President in 1991. Mr. Perkins served on numerous committees including CRD, SRD, Investor Education, and Enforcement. In 1989 he received his first "Blue Sky Cube," the highest honor bestowed by the North American Securities Administrators Association. In 1991, he became the first person to receive a second "Blue Sky Cube." He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University Law School and has an undergraduate degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri.

Mentor Statement: I have been blessed in my career to have had legal experience with startup companies, experience reviewing and ensuring compliance with securities law, been involved as a director, the president, and chairman of the board of three different startups, and have been a lecturer and speaker on the subject of startups. I believe it is important to share what I have learned from success to failures in the startup process. I believe we all have an obligation to ensure that the entrepreneurial process is passed on to more people. I look forward to mentoring any company that can benefit from my experience.