, Nevada , United States
Feb 16, 2010 11:11pm
John Chachas is a third generation Nevadan who became a successful national businessman. John and his two brothers were raised on a cattle ranch in Ely, Nevada by their parents Gregory and Mary Chachas. John’s father was the District Attorney for White Pine County and his mother was a journalist. John attended public school in Ely, where he was active in the 4-H club and the editor of his high school newspaper. During college, John developed an early interest in politics by serving as an intern for former Nevada Senator Paul Laxalt.
He went on to receive his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a Masters degree from Harvard Business School. In his 23- year business career, John has earned a reputation as a smart, straight-shooting problem solver. John is considered one of the Country’s leading authorities on the newspaper publishing and broadcasting industries. As a managing director at Lazard Freres & Co., John and his partners lead the firm’s efforts in helping successful media companies grow as well as assisting boards and management teams in turning around troubled businesses. John has assisted some of the nation’s largest media concerns in various roles, including The Walt Disney Company, Hearst Corporation, and Clear Channel Communications, among others. He has given restructuring advice to numerous publishers, including The Tribune Company, The Journal Register Company, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
John has remained active in his home State of Nevada through his family’s mineral and water interests, areas in which the family continues to be active. He is a board member of the San Francisco retail icon, Gump’s. John and his wife Diane have been married for 19 years. They have three children: Anne, Christopher and Jack. John and his family maintain homes in Ely and New York.