John Gurley :


Life Story:

Born and raised on the stunningly beautiful Gulf Coast in Mobile, Alabama (the true birthplace of Mardi Gras). I am the youngest of 4 as well as the most modest and good looking. I belong to the even more stunningly beautiful Crystal Gurley and our three daughters. We enjoy all things outdoors together from hiking on dry land to making a splash in both fresh and salt waters. The more I travel the globe the more I have come to love the Gulf Coast.

I was 15 years old when my biggest fan, my mom, passed away suddenly from a late cancer diagnosis. I wanted to go to college for biochemistry to find/develop a way to cure cancer. But life took a different course, as it often does. In the years following my mother’s death, I benefitted greatly from the community and relationships I was enveloped into at a local church. The friendships and relationships that teenage me found there changed who I was and how I approached life in general. After high school I decided that one of the best ways that I could positively impact the world is through one relationship at a time, one student at a time. So I attended the University of Mobile to focus on youth ministry and business. I know, those are slightly eclectic career choices. But I had the intuition that if I knew how to build relationships and run a business, along with a good sense of humor and heaping doses of stubbornness (thanks mom and dad) and hard work ethics (also thanks to mom and dad), then there was nothing I could not do.

Which led to a jack-of-all-trades toolbox and resume that has led me from being a +3 year customer of KEYSYS to a coworker. With such a diverse group of great people who handle each project with such profound creativity and pride, I was confident that KEYSYS is the place I can continue to make a positive impact on the world.

Go To Motivation Song:

Little Known Fact

I am a knight in the sovereign principality of Sealand (located 7 miles off the Eastern shores of Britain).

Who would be your first guest on your talk show?

Garth Brooks

If you didn’t have to work, what would you do with your time?

Mentor; invest in students, student ministry; fish; spending time with family

Favorite movie or TV show?

Armageddon (2008, with Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton)