CMP Board Member Highlights: John Carson

The CMP Board of Directors is currently comprised of 9 individuals who share the same common interest: advancing marksmanship in the United States through safety opportunities, competitions, and programs. While their goals are mutual, they come from a variety of backgrounds, bringing with them their own unique experiences for the betterment of the organization. Here, we learn a little more about the people who are helping to lead CMP into the future.

John Carson:

Native city:

My hometown is La Jolla, California, then a small military retirement community.

How did you initially hear about the CMP?

From Steve Rutledge, founder of the Garand Collectors Association (GCA), and Cris Stone, West Point ’64 and former board member.

Why did you decide to join the CMP Board?

A worthy cause, and wonderful people.

What do you hope to achieve as a member of the CMP Board?

To help make CMP’s mission of marksmanship and the safe enjoyment of shooting sports a legacy that we can pass down to future generations, just as it did us.

What are some of your hobbies: exercise, movies, knitting, favorite sports teams, etc.?

Hiking, skiing, biking, bird hunting, rifle, recharging, travel.


john carson is the former Chairman and Vice Chairman of Raymond James Financial. Before leaving the position in 2022, he served on the firm’s Executive Committee and as head of the Fixed Income, Public Finance, Corporate Development and Strategic Accounts divisions. Mr. Carson joined Raymond James in April 2012 when Raymond James acquired Morgan Keegan. He joined Morgan Keegan in the fixed income department in 1994 and became CEO of Morgan Keegan & Company in 2008. He served on the ALCO and management committees of Regions Financial Corporation from 2007 to 2012.

Mr. Carson began his career at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and in Caracas, Venezuela, where he focused on correspondent banking and currency arbitrage. He later joined Morgan Stanley & Co., where he traded repos, US agency debt and mortgage-backed securities in New York and Tokyo. Originally from La Jolla, California, Mr. Carson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, with a double major in International Economics and History, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Suki, have four children.

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