John D. Champagne
John joined Homrich Berg in 2017 after having served in a part-time capacity during 2016. He works with the Investment Department and Family Office services on matters pertaining to alternative investments. Prior to joining Homrich Berg, he served for over 6 years as COO/CCO for an Atlanta family office management firm where, among other duties, he had oversight responsibility for alternative investment fund of funds created for the client families.
His career began as a CPA with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (KPMG) where he managed audit accounts, both public and private, in real estate, transportation, agri-business, hospitality and manufacturing. Thereafter, he served as CFO for several privately-held real estate development companies in Atlanta, GA and Hilton Head, SC in the multifamily, resort and commercial office sectors. His work experience has also included financial consulting projects with a DOD footwear manufacturer, a design/distribution footwear company, several hotel entities, RTC workouts, residential bridge lender and a publicly-traded communications company. These engagements were all multi-faceted and typically involved financing, accounting and reporting improvements.
He, along with his wife, Marcia, and other partners, started up a commercial travel business which they successfully sold 10 years later. John and his wife also acquired and operated a wholesale food distribution business for over 5 years, exiting that through sale and liquidation.
John is a graduate of Lehigh University with a B.S. in Business Administration in Accounting and later obtained his CPA license. He also served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He and his wife have been involved in community, church and school activities and live in Atlanta where their two married children, John and Margaret, and grandchild reside as well. They are inveterate travelers, enjoy golf, reading, food and wine.