Leadership Spotlight: John Kane of Allstate New Jersey

Interview with John Kane

Allstate NJ has been a corporate supporter of JANJ since 2003. The relationship started when Rich Crist was President and CEO. Rich felt nearly 17 years ago, that JANJ’s mission of financial literacy and the passion of its leaders, programs and volunteers aligned with the company’s philanthropic spirit.

Today, John Kane, President and CEO of Allstate New Jersey and CEO continues that legacy as a member of the JANJ board and an active volunteer. “I love sitting on the JANJ board, but it’s the volunteer aspect of our relationship that is most fulfilling to me and our employees.” 

John fondly recalls his time volunteering at JA BizTown and JA Finance Park events. “As a corporate executive, but more importantly as a human being, I can’t think of anything more satisfying then greeting a bus full of reluctant, wide-eyed students, not knowing what they were getting themselves into and walking them through a day in the life of grown-up – making purchases, doing their banking and learning financial literacy along the way.”

While COVID may have suspended the number of opportunities to volunteer in person, John believes the online curriculum developed by JANJ and sanctioned by the NJDOE is still doing a great deal of good. “While we cannot attend events, it is incumbent upon the state’s corporate leaders who are up and running to do their part to support nonprofits and their missions. We are committed to JANJ and encourage others to support their critical work, in helping students understand the importance of financial literacy. I can’t wait to get back to a JANJ event, in person!”

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