John was born August 1964 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to his proud parents, Gail and Denny Cresap. He spent his very young years in Pawhuska, Oklahoma before the family moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma where he completed his education at Sooner High School in 1982. During his high school years, John worked in the family business, Premium Beers, delivering Anheuser Busch product in and around the Grand Lake area. A pretty popular gig for a young man. From there, John attended the College of Santa Fe, graduating with honors and receiving a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree. A degree that would prove to be very useful in the coming years.
After graduation, John took a position with The Anheuser Busch Branch Distributorship in Denver, Colorado. There he was responsible for Special Events in their On-Premise Department as well as selling their Master Cellars wine, all the while promoting and learning as much as possible about their products and how to put on a successful event. It wasn’t long before John was asked to join the family operation on a permanent basis. At the age of 24, John was given the opportunity to oversee all aspects of the Ardmore operation as Branch Manager for Red River Distributing and soon after to include Branch Manager for their Lawton operation, as well.
In October 1999, the Cresap family acquired the Oklahoma City area and considerably increased their territory in Oklahoma. Also, at this time, John became President of Premium Beers, LLC – a huge step in responsibility. Under John’s leadership, additional acquisitions were made; the purchase of Clinton, then Altus and lastly, Guthrie territories were added. These additions increased their delivery territory to 27 counties in Oklahoma. He was now controlling the largest distributorship in the state of Oklahoma and had become one of the Anheuser-Busch Breweries top 15 wholesalers in the nation. Quite an accomplishment.
After a tremendously successful run in the beer business, John and his family sold Premium Beers of Oklahoma to Anheuser-Busch Brewery, St. Louis, Missouri, on December 31, 2011. This was the end of one legacy and the beginning of another. John was ready to pursue his ultimate dream of traveling the world and his passion for philanthropy. He wanted to help improve the quality of life for Oklahomans.
The Cresap Family Foundation was established in 2012. Since its inception, and under John’s direction, the Foundation has provided grant assistance and created new opportunities for over 100 nonprofit organizations that provide service in the areas of youth and families, health and wellness, education, arts and humanities and animal welfare groups. John is always mindful of the communities that contributed to the success of their beer distributorship and thus far, organizations in 14 counties that were serviced by Premium Beers of Oklahoma have received over $7.5 million in grant funding. Through his travels, John has also identified and supported many youth educational charities in countries such as New Zealand, Cuba, Kenya, Rwanda, Antarctica, and the Caribbean Islands. John considers giving through the foundation an integral part of his life.
Currently, John serves as President and CEO of Cresap Capital where he is responsible for administering the overall direction of the services provided by his company. When time allows, John immerses himself in hobbies like travel, scuba diving, hot air ballooning, boating, and collecting art and artifacts from countries he has visited. He and his life partner, Cody Sutton, are devoted pet owners and enjoy the company of their two Bernese Mountain dogs, Jackson and Finnegan. John has a gift for making friends and any that know him as friend, know that friendship will last for a lifetime.