2012 MAN OF THE YEAR

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JOHN T. BRANSTROM

2012

Mr. Branstrom was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on August 14, 1994 and moved to Morganton in 1956 at age 12.  He studied at McCallie, UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A.), CLU and ChFC at American College.  He has been married to Janice Mast Branstrom for 48 years and has two sons, Chris and Jeff.  Chris is married to Nioucha and has two children, Isabelle and Sebastien.  Mr. John T. Branstrom's brother and sister, William J. Branstrom, III and Mary B. Bigham, both live in Charlotte with their respective families.  His parents are Bill and Polly Branstrom, Jr. (deceased).  His grandparents are WJ and Margaret Branstrom, Sr. (deceased).

Church and Community

  • First Presbyterian Church--Elder, Finance Committee, and Sunday-School teacher

  • Host Christian Businessmen's Committee Bible study at office Monday mornings

  • Current Chairman of the Board of Burke Development Inc.

  • Caldwell Halfway House Board (Finance Committee Chairman)

  • Community Foundation of Burke County (Investment Committee

  • Chairman, former President of Board)

  • Current Blue Ridge Health Care Board (Chairman, Governance Committee, Retirement Committee, Finance Committee)

  • Former President of Burke County Chamber of Commerce

  • Former Chairman of Burke County Board of Commissioners

  • Former Bank Director

Business

  • Joined financial services (Insurance & Investments) business in 1973

  • Qualifying and 38 year member of the Million Dollar Round Table

  • Qualifying and Life Leader with MassMutual Financial Group

Hobbies

  • Sports and fitness

  • Aged-out runner (12 Marathons including 2 Boston Marathons)

  • Road biking prior to collision with a truck (comeback soon)

  • Golf (from the darn senior tees)

  • Snow Skiing

  • Phifer Wellness

  • Big Tarheel fan

  • Horticulture, Reading, Travel

Hobbies

  • Sports and fitness

  • Aged-out runner (12 Marathons including 2 Boston Marathons)

  • Road biking prior to collision with a truck (comeback soon)

  • Golf (from the darn senior tees)

  • Snow Skiing

  • Phifer Wellness

  • Big Tarheel fan

  • Horticulture, Reading, Travel

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