Meet John Lux, class of 2001. After graduating from Central Catholic, John attended Loyola Marymount University from 2001 to 2005 studying Business Law and Theology. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was awarded the national William McGowan scholarship. Out of school, John worked at 8 Plus Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund, where he oversaw investments in early stage companies. John is also a co-founder of Agentis, a Chicago based technology company, and he currently serves as company President. Agentis is an industry leader in helping commercial buildings and small businesses become more energy efficient through the use of software and data analytics.
While studying at Loyola, John met his future wife, Danielle Morreale. Danielle is originally from Southern California and works in the field of marketing and event planning. John and Danielle moved to Chicago and lived there for 8 years after college before moving back west this past June. John currently lives in Southern California with Danielle and their dog Cooper.
How did your education at LCSS prepare you for college and your career?
The thing I could absolutely not live without at this point are my typing abilities – all thanks to Ms. Klemme’s typing class. Taught on typewriters, man was it ever a tough class.
Second, would be the work ethic instilled early on at CC. Perhaps it was the small class sizes or the tiny school with the high athletic expectations, but generally speaking, CC students worked really hard to achieve success. I will be forever grateful for the work ethic and time management skills that I developed while at CC.
Another valuable takeaway were lessons in leadership. Great teachers, coaches, and strong parental support gave us the opportunity to learn by example. With such a tight-knit family environment, younger kids always looked up to and learned from the upperclassmen. When you have a strong foundation of values, it seems to have a snowball effect.
What did you like most about your experience at LCSS?
The fact that I had a core group of friends from kindergarten through 12th grade. Being around a values-driven group during those formative years and knowing we all had one another’s back was special. Not only did I have friends and classmates, but I also had second families where I knew I was always welcome. I think that the long-term connection to the CC community is the reason why it’s so easy to reconnect with CC friends and families.
What is your favorite memory from your years at LCSS?
What I remember most is all the times that the LCSS community pulled together. For example, the carpools to Jeff for a basketball game, the state championship fan representation, the insanely good apple dumplings at the Feast, the incredible effort that went into the Blue Knight Auction and then prom shortly after, battle of the classes, senior pranks, etc. Also, I do remember getting auctioned off with a group of friends at the Blue Knight Auction to do manual labor. It was a pretty hilarious time, and I think we may have even had a skit prepared.