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John A Forlines III, Instructor

John A Forlines III

John A. Forlines III is Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of JAForlines Family Office (FFO), a New York and North Carolina-based investment firm specializing in venture investments and private equity. FFO’s venture focus is on financial services & consumer disruption, transaction processing and mobile applications. FFO is also active in charitable support for education in the United States. Mr. Forlines is an Executive in Residence in the Department of Economics at Duke where he teaches classes in behavioral finance, decision making and private investing.

In addition to his work at FFO and Duke University, Mr. Forlines is a Board member of & Strategic Advisor to Donoghue Forlines LLC, a Boston-based investment management company. He is also an investor and Advisor to Digisure, a San Francisco-based micro mobility solutions insurtech firm; a founding investor and Advisor to Concourse Labs, a New York-based cloud platform company serving large financial institutions and a founding investor and Advisor to Sports Analytics, a New York-based company which designs and maintains fantasy & gambling software for media and casino platforms. In 2021, Mr. Forlines founded Tappanwoods Finance Labs to build a software as platform/services company in the Auto after-market finance sector.

Mr. Forlines enjoyed a long career with J.P. Morgan from 1985-2000, serving various roles within the firm, including Vice President of Structured Products, Co-Head of the U.S. Private Equity Group, Managing Director in the Securities Business Development Group and Managing Director and Co-Head of U.S. Tech, Media & Telecom Investment Banking.

Mr. Forlines is admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York; before his career at JP Morgan his legal work specialized in structured debt and equity products. 

Graduating from Duke University with Honors in English and Economics, Mr. Forlines has also earned his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law.

Mr. Forlines has served on the Girl Scouts of America National Investment Committee and is on the Board of Shakespeare’s Globe in London and the Duke University Athletic Advisory Board. He is a Trustee of the North Shore Wildlife Sanctuary and the Ruth Z. Fleishman Foundation. John and his wife, Anne, have three children living in the New York area: a daughter working in the wedding and fashion industries, a daughter in medical school and a son who is a product executive for an established cryptocurrency company.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  326 Social Sciences, 213 Social Sciences, Durham, NC 27708-0097
Office Phone:  (516) 456-3060
Email Address: send me a message
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Teaching (Fall 2022):  (typical courses)

  • ECON 255S.01, SHAKESPEARE & FIN MKTS Synopsis
    Perkins 065, F 01:45 PM-04:15 PM
    (also cross-listed as PUBPOL 257S.01)
Office Hours:

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