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John Distefano

Founder & President

As the founder & president of Thoroughbred, John and his team work to design and implement insurance planning solutions that are tailored to each client.  This type of concierge planning ensures needs are addressed for family, business, and estate planning.


 John graduated in 1984 from Northwest Missouri State with a degree in finance. A year later he began his career in the life insurance business with Northwestern Mutual Life. As his reputation grew, he ventured on his own and founded Thoroughbred with the goal of providing excellent, individualized service.  By establishing his own practice, John gained access to an endless portfolio of top tiered life insurance carriers. This gives the firm the ability to provide their clients with the most sophisticated and state of the art policies. Utilizing the most stable mortality and expense structures in the marketplace, Thoroughbred is able to help nearly any client.


Industry leadership is always recognized as such, and John's performance has qualified him for the Top of the Table honor in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. 


A committed philanthropist, he was directly involved in the building and establishment of the Virginia Wright Medical Clinic in Kapkemich, Kenya


John and his wife Katherine reside in Parkville, Missouri with their two children Nicholas and Laura.  He is an active member of his church, and the community at large.

John with Mike E. Smith American Jockey

John with American Jockey, Mike E. Smith.


John with his son Nicholas & legendary horse trainer, Bob Baffert.