John V. Saeman
Chairman, Medallion Enterprises, LLC
After graduating from Loras College, Saeman served in the United States marine Corps. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he worked in a training program with United airlines, and later, as a sales executive with A.M. Corp. He was introduced to the world of telecommunications when he took a sales position with Subscription Television, a joint venture between the Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation and Dun and Bradstreet.
In 1965, he moved to Denver and began his association with Bill Daniels. In 1972, he was named President, and in 1974, vice-chairman and CEO of all Daniels companies. In 1988, John and Carol Saeman founded Medallion Enterprises, LLC, and investment and management company located in Denver.
In February 2000, John was the founding president of the Colorado chapter of "Legatus," Latin for "ambassador." Created by Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino's Pizza, the group offers top-level Catholic business leaders the opportunity to gather in prayer and fellowship with their peers. This, in turn, enables them to meet the ethical and moral challenges they face in the marketplace. Since being established, the local chapter has seen remarkable growth and has fostered a deeper understanding of the importance of faith among its members. John and Carol, now joined by their children and their spouses, fund the needs of many religious, non-profit and community organizations through the Saeman Family Foundation. John and Carol have taken leadership roles in charitable efforts too numerous to list. Notable efforts include: Leading the fundraising effort to build Samaritan House, which provides shelter, food, and medical and job services to homeless individuals and families; Through the Seeds of Hope Charitable Trust, they support tuition assistance for low-income parents seeking to give their children the benefit of a Catholic education; Through the Life Education Fund and other pro-life efforts, they provide alternatives to women in crisis pregnancies seeking to keep their babies; John was founding chairman of the Catholic Foundation, which solicits, receives, invests, and shepherds funds to benefit the people and communities of the Archdiocese of Denver, which spans the northern half of Colorado and includes nearly a half-million Catholics; and as Chairman of the development committee of the Papal Foundation, John helps support Pope John Paul II in his charitable and educational efforts in some of the world's poorest nations.