John Ragan

Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, John developed a passion for hospitality at a young age while working in restaurants throughout high school and college. After receiving his graduate degree in urban planning at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, John relocated to San Francisco to become the sommelier at the acclaimed Campton Place.

In 2006, he moved to New York City to become Wine Director of Eleven Madison Park. During his time there, the restaurant earned four stars from The New York Times, three Michelin stars, the James Beard Foundation Award for “Outstanding Wine Service,” and the Grand Award from Wine Spectator. John later went on to assume the role of Senior Director of Operations of USHG, where works to ensure operational success among the company’s family of restaurants as well as oversees operations at Gramercy Tavern.

In his role, John also directs internal beverage education, teaches public classes for wine enthusiasts and industry professionals, and leads private events and corporate wine experiences. John is also a member of the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers, an honor held by very few individuals worldwide.