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John Gramling joined the Carolina Financial Group in 2017 as a Managing Director based in Gramling, South Carolina.

Prior to joining Carolina Financial Group, John’s business career encompasses the founding and operating of numerous construction and heavy equipment companies, co-founding one of South Carolina’s premier real estate developments and the launching of an activist investment firm. John’s roots are firmly established in agriculture through his continued participation in a 100 plus year-old family agricultural business that has owned and managed large farm acreage, equipment dealerships and manufacturing facilities.

Through his parent company, Gramling, Inc., John founded and successfully exited both Gramling Brothers Contracting, and Gramling Equipment Company, whom together equated to a multi-million dollar heavy highway construction entity that specialized in building complex projects and managing difficult schedules. The companies were recognized five times for achieving the highest standard in safety, and was honored to be a member of two project teams that won the prestigious Pinnacle award for the most outstanding construction project in the Carolinas. 

John is the Founder and Manager of Dragoon which through its numerous subsidiaries and partners, has open projects in excess of $130MM, both nationally and abroad.

John is also the Founder and Manager of New Canaan Impact Capital (New Canaan) which is a Kingdom-focused activist investment firm that focuses on high impact opportunities that not only seek to generate exceptional returns, but also to create lasting value in the lives of others.  New Canaan’s current platform includes technology, real estate, medical tourism, green energy and healthcare. 

John holds a B.S. in Business Administration from The Citadel and, upon graduation, was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army where he completed the US Army Infantry School and became Airborne qualified.