"I should take this opportunity to wish you success in all you set out to accomplish."- Mohammed VI, King of Morocco
Jonathan "Jon" Bannon Maher was born on June 21st, 1981 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City to Richard Maher, a hedge fund investment advisor at firms including Deutsche Bank, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (Credit Suisse), and the Union Bank of Switzerland^, and Marianne Bannon, a former Assistant Treasurer at Bankers Trust (Deutsche Bank)^. His Uncle Peter Bannon was awarded a combat commendation medal as a Marine in Vietnam.^ His Great Grandfather Charles Gallic was a member of the New York Stock Exchange.^, his Grandfather Thomas Bannon was a professor of accounting & finance at Fordham and executive at a defense contractor ^, and great grandfather Thomas Bannon Senior, was a member of New York City's Volunteer Defense Services^.
Jonathan has worked at Deutsche Bank^, Bear Stearns (J.P. Morgan)^ and the New York Stock Exchange, and wrote software used to trade billions of dollars at a hedge fund. In 2012 he was an Independent candidate for the United States Senate for New Jersey^^^. He has most recently developed network intrusion detection and prevention software to protect classified U.S. military networks. He holds programming and database certifications from each Oracle (Java^, Pl/SQL^* as a teenager) and Microsoft (C#^, T-SQL^). Jonathan attended grade school in Ridgewood, New Jersey where he wrestled and was a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician^. He graduated from the University of San Diego, ranked third in the world for entrepreneurship by the Financial Times^ and by others as first for campus beauty, with recommendations from the President^ and Dean^^, and completed coursework at Oxford University^.
Jonathan is the author of two books, Building a Successful Organization^ and The Destiny of Humanity^. The Destiny of Humanity was the first book to have ever been written for and sent to the leaders of every country on Earth, and covers topics including war, poverty, education, innovation, energy, equality, space, and economic development. The book has received endorsements from several heads of state including King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia who remarked "I am confident that this book will surely attract public attention on the importance of the task of building a peaceful and prosperous world for all."^ Prime Minister of Cape Verde Jose Maria Neves who remarked that the book is "A pointing of horizons and goals to which we must be aware. The quest for harmony and a blend of attitudes that could reach the heights of the global and total dignity of human beings."^, and Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden who remarked "It is the kindness of people like you that continue to renew my confidence about what we, as Americans, can achieve together."^ Shortly after distribution of The Destiny of Humanity, Russia, Iran & North Korea called for an end to nuclear weapons, the United Nations passed the first gay rights resolution, Canada, Australia & India called for geothermal energy, China, America & Russia called for commercial and deep space exploration, and Barack Obama, immediately after receiving the book on May 12th, 2011, called Jonathan's plans on education, energy, national security, and jobs, his "new ideas", and the sudden appearance of "new ideas" was credited by the media with saving Obama's re-election campaign.
In December 2008, Jonathan wrote and distributed an essay on gay equality that was responsible for the tipping point of equality in the United States, resulting in the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and marriage equality at the Supreme Court. The essay was read on the Senate floor of Maine before the passage of marriage equality legislation^. He was able to arrange unprecedented distribution by using software he wrote to collect every Google indexed email address for a particular organization, and collected those of Congress, all state legislatures, the major organizations working for and against equality, and sent his essay to each member of these organizations. He then monitored electronic news for marriage equality bills that were then brought up, sent the essay to journalists writing on the topic and at the same time requested targeted action by the various groups working for equality. He then used online ads targeting gay adults just before the votes, asking them to read the essay and email a request to the legislators that the bill be passed, and provided the email list of everyone working in the legislature. In April of 2010, he sent the essay through postal mail to the 60+ members of the leadership of the Department of Defense, and in November 2010 resent the essay through postal mail to each member of Congress with a note that it had been sent to the leadership at the Department of Defense, then in December ran an online campaign targeting gay adults asking that they read the essay and ask for an immediate vote using provided contact links to senators and the White House. A vote was held that month repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell, the law prohibiting military service by those who are openly gay.
In September 2009, he authored the essay Legislation for the Creation and Protection of Real Wealth and sent it to the members of the United States Congress, intending to break the strangle hold of lobbyists preventing the passage of health care and financial reform, which had been declared dead by the media. Shortly after distribution, both healthcare and financial reform were resurrected and passed. In the essay, he was the only person in the world to have predicted the May 2010 Flash Crash.
Jonathan is also a musician who's had one of his songs, The Fallout of Love, which is available for download on Apple's iTunes^, licensed by MTV, VH1, and Discovery networks.
Gay NJ U.S. Senate Candidate Calls Christie Marriage Veto 'Shameful And Cowardly'
USD grad running for U.S. Senate
United States Federal Election Commission, S2NJ00346
Deutsche Banc Names Executive
Michael Maher to wed Reid Peters
Building a Successful Organization, ISBN 1450586813
The Destiny of Humanity, ISBN 0615489516
United States Copyright Office, Essay on Gay Equality, TX0006899996
United States Copyright Office, Legislation for the Creation and Protection of Real Wealth, TXu001649523
iTunes.com, The Fallout of Love
United States Federal Election Commission
Maine State Senate Minutes (S-526, May 6th, 2009; search "When trade smiths")