John Stallworth, Chairman

Stallworth is currently a partner at Genesis II, a family business created with Bobby Bradley in 2006 to enhance both partner’s philanthropic support efforts, investments and related business interests.

Additionally, Stallworth currently serves as Chairman, Board of Directors for the John Stallworth Foundation, founded in 1980 to provide college scholarships to students attending his alma mater, Alabama A&M University. The Foundation hosts an annual golf tournament to raise money for scholarships. Beginning in the Fall of 2013, the Foundation will begin granting scholarships to students attending other univerisites in the state of Alabama.

Stallworth previously served as President and CEO of Madison Research Corporation, which he formed in 1986, prior to his retirement from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Stallworth sold MRC and retired in 2006. In 2006, MRC, a technology and government contracting corporation, was headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, with operations in Aiken, South Carolina; Augusta, Georgia; El Paso, Texas; Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Warner Robbins, Georgia; and Washington, DC.

As a result of his leadership, Washington Technology Magazine ranked MRC #11 of the nation’s top 25 small, minority-owned information technology companies. The company received the 1998 Better Business Bureau of North Alabama, Inc.’s Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. This award was presented in recognition of Madison Research’s commitment to ethics in business. In addition, MRC also received the 1997 Small Business of the Year award in the Technology Services category. This honor was bestowed at the 1997 Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Awards Celebration. In 1997, MRC was named to the prestigious Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing small businesses. Mr. Stallworth received the 1997 Region IV Minority Small Business Person of the Year award, presented by the Small Business Administration. He was also featured on Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) Real Business segment which highlights successful small business enterprises.

Born in Tuscaloosa, Ala; Stallworth attended Alabama A&M University 1970-1974, where he became the Bulldog’s all-time leading receiver, and a two-time All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1972 and 1973), played in the 1974 Senior Bowl. Alabama A&M retired his jersey when he graduated in 1974.

Stallworth was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 1974 NFL draft. In his 14 seasons with the team, he caught 537 passes for 8,723 yards and 63 touchdowns – all Steelers team records at the time.

Stallworth played in six AFC championships, and went on to four Super Bowls (IX, X, XIII and XIV), scoring the winning touchdown on a 73-yard reception against the Los Angeles Rams during Super Bowl XIV. He was named all-pro in 1979 and all-AFC in 1979 and 1984, the same two years he was voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates. He also played in four Pro Bowl games following the 1979, 1982, 1983 and 1984 seasons, and in 1984 was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Stallworth retired from professional football in 1988. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

His academic background consists of a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Management, and an MBA with a concentration in Finance, both earned at Alabama A&M University, in Normal, Alabama.

Community Involvement

Crestwood Medical Center, Board of Directors
First Commercial Bank, Board of Directors
John Stallworth Foundation, Chairman-Board of Directors
Big Spring Partners, Board of Directors
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Board of Directors
J. F. Drake State Technical College, Board of Directors
Huntsville Botanical Garden Foundation, Board of Directors
100 Black Men of America – Greater Huntsville Chapter, President Emeritus
Member/Deacon of First Missionary Baptist Church