John McLemore is the co-owner and President/CEO of Masterbuilt Manufacturing, Inc. Masterbuilt manufactures indoor and outdoor consumer cooking products and automotive aftermarket accessories.
John’s passion for product sales began at the ripe old age of 8. He would load up his Red Ryder wagon with the plant stands his father made and cart them around the neighborhood, selling his wares door-to-door. This passion has carried through his entire life. Once he turned 16 and was able to drive, he took on a more formal role in sales with his father’s company. His first truck took over for the red wagon and his neighborhood route expanded throughout the southeast. When he was 19, John and his brother Don became part-owners with their father. John built a sales force for the company and expanded the brand nationwide. In 1998, John and Don became sole-owners of Masterbuilt. Since then, the brand has gone worldwide and they have established a reputation as innovators in the cooking products industry.
As a leader in the industry, John is not afraid to take risks and keep pushing himself harder. With faith in God and a lot of hard work, he continues to face challenges without fear. He has traveled the world over and learned a lot of lessons about life, and food, along the way. Everywhere he goes, he has requests for recipes, tips and secrets for his meals. Always a solution-maker, he knew it was time to share his family story and recipes in a cookbook. “Dadgum, That’s Good!” is much more than just a Southern phrase and the title of his cookbook, it’s the summation of a life’s work in creating delicious food with world-class cooking products.
John is a pilot, little league coach, fun-loving storyteller and a practical joker. He is a CEO with a heart, and is energized by the success of others. Of all his adventures, the most exciting has been his marriage to Tonya. They have three children; Brooke, John and Bailey. They are an active family and love to spend time outdoors – softball, tennis, water sports, 4-wheeling.
John’s life is a true American success story, ripe with blessings and challenges. Through a serious on-the-job injury at age 13, two fires at Masterbuilt and many other blips along the way, he always took on life with a positive outlook and an assurance of his purpose. “Dadgum, That’s Good” shares John’s journey and opens the door to another chapter.