Rutherford assumed the position of president upon the death in September of 2000 of the legendary Chuck Holmes, founder of Falcon Studios. Prior to that John had been the creative force in the Production department having been mentored by Holmes for 12 years.
"This decision is strictly for me. It has nothing to do with the business or my place within the adult film community. I want to take some time to think, travel, and explore lots of options open to me for the future," said Rutherford.
"I came to Falcon 14 years ago directly out of college, and this life is pretty much all I know. I've chosen to take this time to reprioritize my personal wants and needs," Rutherford said.
Vice President Terry Mahaffey, who will be handling the administrative duties of the company until a decision is reached on Rutherford's replacement, pledges to continue the high standard of quality and excellence that both Holmes and Rutherford set in place over the years. "The Falcon Family of Companies is a team effort, and I have every confidence that the Department heads and their staff will continue in the Falcon tradition," John added.
Terry Bean, CEO and Trustee of the Charles M. Holmes Trust accepted John's resignation with regret.
"John has been faithful in maintaining the quality of product as well as Chuck's long term vision for the company. His insights, business experience and vision will be sorely missed," said Bean.