A 22-year resident of Huntersville, John Aneralla is a proven business and community leader in North Mecklenburg. He was first elected Mayor of Huntersville in November of 2015.
John is the founder of two successful small businesses. In 1997, after moving to Huntersville, John established Buttonwood Advisory Group, Inc., an investor relations consulting firm for small publicly traded companies. He has consulted for public and private companies in a broad range of industries, including aerospace, computer equipment and software, consumer products, manufacturing, medical technology and telecommunications. Then in the fall of 2004, he established Bulldog Asset Management, Inc., an investment advisory firm specializing in asset allocation to achieve individual client needs.
John has also put his 32 years of experience in the financial industry to work for the people of North Carolina. He served five years as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Local Government Employees’ Retirement System and the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System, the 10th largest public pension fund in the country. Additionally, he sits on the Investment Advisory Committee for the North Carolina pension system.
A dedicated community leader and volunteer, John has a proven record of service to the Huntersville and Lake Norman communities. He has served as President of the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club, Lieutenant Governor of the Carolinas Region of Kiwanis International and as chair of the Lake Norman Kiwanis committee that brought a new splash park to Smithville Park. Through his membership at Davidson United Methodist Church, John has taught Sunday school and volunteered for a variety of charities. In 2008, he received the Empowerment Community Award from the Westside Organization for his charity work with New Outreach Ministry.
As a lifelong competitive swimmer, John has been active in coaching at all levels of competition. John has also served as a volunteer coach for Davidson College, MAC Masters, Mecklenburg Aquatic Club, the Community School of Davidson Middle School Swim Team and the Birkdale Neighborhood Swim Team. He also helped establish two swim leagues in North Meck and was a member of the SwimMAC Capital Campaign. Additionally, John has served as a volunteer coach for numerous basketball and soccer teams in the Huntersville area and is a past President of the North Meck Soccer Club, now the Carolina Rapids.
John and Nancy, his wife of 30 years, raised their family here in Huntersville. Their daughter Amanda is a graduate of North Carolina State University currently working for Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte. Their son Bennett is an Ensign in the United States Coast Guard stationed in Port Canaveral, Florida. John grew up in Huntington Station, NY; a Long Island town located about 30 miles east of New York City. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Georgia, attending on a full athletic swimming scholarship and earned his MBA in management from Hofstra University in 1986.