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John Wentworth

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John Wentworth has run one of the most progressive and durable recruiting operations in the country since 1984. He has been a headhunter since 1979. Not content with just filling jobs, he has studied recruiting to learn how it can be done consistently successfully.

He was Corporate Manager of Compensation and Affirmative Action for TOSCO Corporation (1976-79), Personnel Director for Carte Blanche (1973-75) and Compensation Supervisor for Mattel (1975-76). He has been designated a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute. He became a recruiter in 1979.

Wentworth Recruiting was created in 1984. Wentworth was the first company to offer on-site contract recruiting in Southern California. Since then, under John's guidance, the company has pioneered many of the key recruiting innovations of the past 25 years, most particularly the application of predictive analytics to talent management.

He has served as the president of the San Pedro Peninsula Hospital Foundation and the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) Foundation, served on the board of the Catalina Conservancy Divers, was the chair of the Westside Center for Independent Living Computer Training Project Business Advisory Council and a member of the parent organization's Board of Directors.

He served as a founding member of the City of Los Angeles Board of Taxicab Commissioners, later, he served for a year as President of the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of Los Angeles.

John was for three years the President of Infragard-Los Angeles, an FBI-private sector partnership concerned with terrorism-related physical and cyber threats.

Most recently, he served on the board of directors of the Duke Media Foundation.

Currently, he serves as the Chair of the board of PortTechLA, a maritime industry focused business incubator.  He is also a member of the Board of the Angels Gate Cultural Center.

He graduated from Boston University with a degree in Communications.   He served in Viet Nam, between Tet 1968 and Tet 1969, as an infantry rifleman with the 1st Cavalry Division. He returned a Sergeant, having received a Bronze Star, an Air Medal and a Combat Infantry Badge among other awards.