John Kerr is a Partner and co-founder of Texas Next Capital and its affiliated investment partnerships and serves on the Board of Managers of Fresh Texas.
John oversees a family investment office with a diversified investment portfolio and has extensive experience as an investor and entrepreneur. He began his career as a securities lawyer rising to partner at Andrews & Kurth in Houston and later at Cox & Smith in San Antonio. In the 1980’s, he was Chairman and CEO of American Century Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange-listed financial services company. In 1990, he formed Kerr Connors & Co., an investment firm with offices in San Antonio and New York City, and later was with the Houston investment banking firm Harris Webb & Garrison.
Since the early 2000’s John has been an active entrepreneur in the biotechnology space. He founded Azaya Therapeutics, using nanotechnology to reformulate oncology drugs, in 2002, and Evestra, a women’s healthcare specialty pharma company, in 2008. Azaya was sold in 2017 and Evestra has multiple products in clinical development, with facilities in San Antonio, Berlin, Germany, and Poznam, Poland.
John also has been extensively involved in the non-profit and charitable sector. He serves on the board of trustees of Texas Biomedical Research Institute, where he was chairman for nine years and president for over two years. He also serves on the governing boards of the Environmental Defense Action Fund in New York, the Menninger Clinic in Houston, and the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, and is an emeritus director of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation which oversees the National Museum of the Pacific War. He is a member of the Distribution Committee of the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, and from 1995 to 2003 served on the board of directors of the Texas Public Finance Authority, the bond issuing authority of the State of Texas.
For over 20 years, John has also had an active writing career as the author of five published novels and two published works of non-fiction. He received his B.A. from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of Texas Law School. He and his wife Susan have been married for over 40 years and have four grown children and four grandchildren.