John C. Meyer, Jr., Independent
Candidate for Gloucester Board of Supervisors, Abingdon District


I grew up in a military family, and then spent 24 years in the military myself. Having lived in 13 different states and 4 countries, I had a pretty good idea of what I was looking for when I finally ‘settled’ for the first time in my life. The climate,
the countryside and above all … the people of Gloucester County convinced me and my wife Laurel to make this our home, in 2005.


I earned a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs from the United States Air Force Academy, and a Master in Business Administration from the College of William & Mary.

Relevant Work Experience

Most of my adult life has been spent in positions of leadership and management. I spent 24 years in the Air Force as a fighter pilot, ultimately commanding a fighter group of over 80 aircraft in combat and retiring at the rank of Colonel.

I am currently part-owner and CEO of SynEnergy Inc, a management consulting firm based in Gloucester engaged in strategic planning, business management, and business case analysis for commercial and government clients.

I served on the County Board of Supervisors from 2014-2017 where strong emphasis on economic development helped lead to the establishment of over 400 new businesses, a 15% increase in business tax revenues, and an average wage growth of more than twice the state average during my four-year tenure. Working with other Supervisors and the County Administrator, best business practices were implemented resulting in county operating costs being reduced by $600,000, while garnering state-level awards for budgeting, contracting, zoning, law enforcement and education.

I am currently serving on the Planning Commission, Local Emergency Planning Committee, and on the Board of Directors for the Hampton Roads Workforce Council; all of which provide me the opportunity to give back to the community and help me stay engaged in County operations.


- Hold the County government accountable
- Restore fiscal sanity – stop loading the County with debt
- Protect and educate our children
- Provide innovative policies that will spur responsible economic development