Sias is the author of eight books. A Risk Worth Taking, a biography of legendary developer Samuel Tamposi; Dear Son; There Are No Free Lunches; Dear Daughter, Love Dad; Are You Happy?; 100 Questions Nonmembers Ask Unitarian Universalists; Kids Book of Hockey; Will You (or Someone You Love) Get Prostate Cancer?; and Humanism: The Ten Most Asked Questions.
Born in Medford, Mass. John attended Medford schools, graduated from Colgate University and received a masters degree in Journalism at Boston University. After attending a total of nine one-week courses sponsored by the US Chamber of Commerce at Yale, Syracuse and Michigan State, he graduated from the US Chamber’s Academy of Organization Management.
In his youth, he became an Eagle Scout, played soccer in both high school and college. Later he captained an Air Force soccer team in Florida and coached youth soccer in the Nashua Soccer Assn. During the Korean War he served in the Air Force. For more than 50 years he has been a member of the Rotary Club of Nashua, where he is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is a member of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Nashua.
He was a writer in the Boston office of the Associated Press, and later was the publicity director of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Prior to retirement, John served as president of Sias Associates, a marketing firm.
Sias became a Big Brother in 1983 to 9 year old Chris McMullen. When Chris was 25, Sias sought to adopt him but was thwarted by an outmoded state law. Sias successfully campaigned for a change in the state law, finalized the adoption and he and Chris appeared on the TODAY SHOW with Katie Couric. He previously appeared on the TODAY SHOW when he was the New Hampshire Communications Director for the re-election of the president of the US.
In 1988, Sias became a Big Brother to a nine year old. Two months later, he and his wife, Marie, became foster parents for five years to that same boy. Later Sias became a Big Brother for the third time. In 2002 the local Big Brother organization renamed its annual President’s Award to the Sias Award. During that year, he was elected Big Brother of the Year for New Hampshire.
He served as the founder and first president of the NH Prostate Cancer Coalition, the first Readers Advocate for The Telegraph , and is a former elected trustee of the Hollis library.
John also served as the first CEO of the Chambers of Commerce in both Keene and Nashua, NH. He served as president of both the New Hampshire and New England Assns. of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He helped found Junior Achievement in both Keene and Nashua, serving as the third president of the Nashua group.
In 1998 the United Way of Greater Nashua selected him for its annual “Volunteer of The Year” award. The NH Charitable Foundation presented him its Humanitarian Award in 2008. New Hampshire Governor John Lynch presented him a “Governor’s Commendation” in 2010.John has been the 2008 Citizen of the Year of the Nashua Chamber of Commerce, and a founder, first president and first Big Brother of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nashua. In 2012, The Telegraph daily newspaper selected him as one of Nashua’s 50 leading business leaders in the last 50 years.