John R. Bladon, president and founder of The Chimera Group, has been immersed in golf, business, turfgrass and the environment since childhood. Since graduating from University of Guelph and studying at Cornell, he has helped construct and grow in two golf courses. In the early part of his career Bladon spent nine years as a golf course superintendent and worked as an agronomist at a multinational providing research, innovation, and technical support to the company's global efforts. In his spare time, Bladon enjoys golf, travel and is an avid photographer. He has visited and photographed more than 30 countries around the globe including New Zealand and Australia, Central and South America and the Middle East.