John Chamberlin began his career in manual labor at poultry hatcheries his father managed, later programmed computers summers at a integrated poultry firm, and worked as a research assistant and instructor during his college days. His army service was as Chief Budget Analyst for the Army Materiel Command in Europe. In 1972 he moved to Little Rock to work in development for a then small firm, Systematics. In 1975 he left to form his own firm, Arkansas Systems, which in 25 years grew into one of the largest global providers of ATM, card management, and financial network software, serving banks in over 60 countries. He also co-founded Ikobo.com, a pioneer in internet-based funds transfer that facilitated transactions in 192 countries and all seven continents.
With nearly 50 years of experience in technology and entrepreneurial business, some of his career highlights include putting the first ATMs on Red Square in Moscow, designing the first ambulatory care system for VA hospitals and developing a broadband LAN monitor for NASA.
John is currently on the boards of three startups (Bio-Detection Instruments of Fayetteville, Labscoop of Little Rock, and Ceton Corp of Seattle) and is the business mentor of an NSF iCorps team. He is a member of the Arkansas Academy of Computing and Accelerate Arkansas and serves on the Investment Committee of the Fund for Arkansas’ Future and on ASTA’s Science Advisory Committee. John chairs the Arkansas Commission for Coordination of Educational Efforts and serves on the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission.
John earned a master’s degree in Operations Research in human nutrition at MIT with courses split between engineering departments and the Sloan School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State. John also graduated from the US Army Finance School at Ft. Harrison IN, and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He continues education and research in areas such as bioinformatics, genetic genealogy and human origins. He enjoys his family, kayaking and learning new things.