John Happ travels the world commercially for footwear and apparel companies. He speaks five languages and has lived overseas for extended periods of time in Belgium, Spain, Germany and Switzerland. Born in Evanston, IL, John is a graduate of Marquette University, with a year at la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. He was named a Maine Ambassador by then-Governor (now U.S. Senator) Angus King, promoting Maine businesses in such wide-ranging places as London, Guatemala, Tokyo, Shanghai and Manila. John has written many articles and has been sought out for interviews for an American perspective on a variety of subjects ranging from kayaking and hiking; to leather tanning (Spain) to politics in Japan (ABC Television) and trade promotion in Shanghai (Radio Shanghai). Portrait image by Jamie Ferguson.