The armiger was born in
Finland in 1958 and graduated from Heinola Business College in 1982
and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in 1998.
After Business College the armiger started his career in SOK City
Sokos Helsinki Department store as deputy department manager and
later had several business managerial and executive positions in
state owned Finnish Post and Tele, PTL-Tele, Telecom Finland,
Primatel, Sonera, and Telia-Sonera organizations. Those positions
also include international businesses with Eastern European
countries and the Baltics. Other employers were Suomen Hitachi,
Elisa, ISS and Honeywell.
After 21 years of
working in the telecom and ICT business the armiger moved into the
property management field. He spends his leisure time pursuing
history and heraldry and is a member of the Finnish Heraldry
Association. He began designing his own armorial bearings at the age
The original design
for the arms was conceived many years ago as an emblem to be used in
the armiger’s involvement with the Society for Creative Anachronism
for his alias “ John De Ryes” and his participation in medieval
associations such as “Living Medieval times in Finland” and
“SCA/Finland and internationally”. The associations arrange medieval
fencing shows and exhibitions in Finnish medieval fairs all over the
country in summer times.
Business related memberships are Finnish
Marketing Association (MJD), Finnish Caretakers Union and HAI-
Professional Building managers of Helsinki. Other memberships
include the Finnish American Society, Finn Brit, Finnish Amateur
Astronomy Society URSA, SCA Society of Creative Anachronism, EKRY
Living Medieval Times Association and Kotojärvi Golf Association.
The armiger is an
active fundraiser through the offices of the HOSJ (Hospitaller Order
of St John of Jerusalem), Knights Hospitaller KH, OSJ (Order of
Saint Joachim), MM Hymnus 135 and MMM Sumeri 12.