A native Memphian, John Pontius received a Bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and initially joined the international accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand, where he completed his requirements as a CPA.
After several years as an audit manager, Mr. Pontius pursued a career in financial management, ultimately becoming the Director of Finance and Administration for the City of Memphis. In 1991 John joined AutoZone as a special assistant to Founder, Chairman and CEO Pitt Hyde. His responsibilities for investment, family business and philanthropic management led to the formation in 1998, with Mr. Hyde, of Pittco Management, LLC where John is President.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for GTx, Inc. and serves or has served on numerous community and civic organizations including The University of Tennessee, The J. R. Hyde Family Foundations, Christian Brothers University, ArtsMemphis, Idlewild Presbyterian Church, the Riverfront Development Corporation, the Memphis in May International Festival and the Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation.
John is married to the former Patricia Bistolfi and they have two sons.