John Cortale attended the University of Maryland and earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting in 2000. As a student, John Cortale made the dean’s list two years in a row. In October 2009, he showed his pride in his alma mater by holding his wedding ceremony at the University of Maryland Chapel.
Family and tradition play a strong role in John Cortale’s life. Despite participating in numerous activities with many responsibilities, he prioritizes speaking every week with his grandmother, who is 88 years old. Her annual birthday party doubles as the family reunion, which draws John Cortale and his relatives to the family home on Long Island.
Fishing serves as another interest that brings John Cortale together with his family. John, his father, uncle, and cousins regularly enjoy angling trips in Montauk, Long Island. John Cortale also goes fishing with his wife. In April 2011, he caught a 350-pound hammerhead shark while vacationing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
An enthusiastic golfer, he played the sport during high school and continues to enjoy the game more than 15 years later.
Another favorite tradition for Mr. Cortale is his love of the New York Yankees baseball team. He quickly corrects anyone who calls him a fair weather fan. As proof, he cites his support of the team even during the late 1980s, when the Yankees consistently finished near the bottom of the league.
Mr. Cortale maintains a commitment to numerous charities and events, including the Wounded Warrior organization, the Special Olympics, and the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. He also supports The Arc of D.C. and Kids Enjoy Exercise Now of Greater D.C. He lives with his family in Bethesda, Maryland.