Category: Insurance industry

Early Life and Career Journey of John Ritenour

John Ritenour, the husband of Valli and father of Heath Ritenour, IOA’S current Chairman and CEO grew up in the outskirts of Pittsburgh: McKeesport, Pennsylvania. John Ritenour is a visionary individual, and as old as five years old, he was confident that he would own valuable things like the beautiful buildings he used to see while walking with his mother. It is in high school where he met his life partner Valli who turned out to be a business partner as well. Following his graduation, John secured an opportunity at a local steel mill company, a job he gave his best to the point of being recognized by the management.

From the steel mill company, John Ritenour moved to his brother’s bakery before transitioning into the insurance industry, where he started as a salesman. His aggressiveness and hard work made him become the top producer of the company in just six months. After working for a few years, he partnered with his wife, establishing an insurance agency that they sold ten years later before relocating to Central Florida. Together with Valli, in 1988, they created the Insurance Office of Florida, which later grew to the Insurance Office of America.

As a business-minded person, John Ritenour maximizes his innovative and creative capability to offer solutions to existing problems. Through hard work and customer-oriented focus, John has led IOA through its critical transitioning phases to becoming the US’s eleventh-largest insurance agency that has over 1300 associates spread across its sixty-plus subsidiaries. By working close to his son, Heath, John prepared him well for the task of taking the family business legacy to the next level. He handed over the leadership of IOA to Heath in 2008. Though retired, he works closely with his son, and in 2020, they launched the GLIO program. As a philanthropist, John Ritenour established IOA Foundation that focuses on causes rooted in health and wellness, education, children, animals, financial empowerment, social services, entrepreneurship, and literacy to give back to the community.

Learn more about John: https://inspirery.com/john-ritenour/