Born and raised in Salem, Ohio Jon Halverstadt is an 8th generation Ohioan. His first ancestor moved to the county in 1812, receiving a deed for the ground he purchased signed by Thomas Jefferson. Family members corresponded with Lincoln prior to the Civil War and fought for the Union in the 115th Ohio Volunteers.
After graduation from Salem High School, Jon attended Bowling Green State University. While working two jobs he graduated cum laude in 2006 with a bachelor of arts in history, with a political science minor. The BGSU History Department named him its outstanding senior. He also interned at the Ohio Department of Commerce.
Soon after graduation Jon joined the Army as a reserve officer candidate. Upon commissioning as an officer and finishing his basic officer course, he volunteered for a deployment to Iraq in 2009. During the yearlong deployment he applied and was accepted to the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. After a year of law school, and a summer of Army training including Civil Affairs and Airborne Schools, Jon again volunteered for a second yearlong deployment, this time to Afghanistan in 2011. While deployed Jon began a real estate investment business with his brother, eventually growing it to include single family, multi-family, and commercial properties.
Upon return from Afghanistan Jon returned to law school, was accepted to the Fisher College of Business at OSU, drilled in Whitehall, OH with an Army Reserve unit, and began to sell residential real estate in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated debt free in 2015 with his law degree and MBA from Ohio State.
Halverstadt’s military honors include the Bronze Star Medal for merit, Army Commendation Medal, combat action badge, basic parachute badge, and he was an honor graduate from office candidate school. His business honors include three sales awards from the Columbus Realtors for 1 million, 5 million, and 10 million in career sales. Coldwell Banker awarded him International Diamond Society membership in 2015.