John Trainer was born in Sewickley, Pa., in 1948. He graduated from the Hun School of Princeton in 1967, where he was a member of the soccer and crew teams. He received a B.A. degree in business administration from Marietta College in 1973. John began his career in finance that same year with the Pittsburgh National Bank and later joined the Mellon Bank as a portfolio manager in the trust division. In 1981, he became vice president and portfolio manager with the Bank of New York investment counsel department. He then joined Fiduciary Trust Company International in the high-net-worth department and was a managing director and member of the equity strategy committee. He retired in 2014. He and his wife Barbara live in Darien and have two adult children. He is a member of Wee Burn Country Club and likes travel and photography. He also enjoys owning and operating classic wooden boats at a family home in Canada.