Forbes is a member and past president of the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the Urbandale Library Foundation Board. He is a member of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Advisory Committee.
John has served as president of the Iowa Pharmacy Association and the Polk County Pharmacists Association. He was named by a leading pharmacy journal as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Pharmacists in the Nation. In 2010, Forbes received the Bowl of Hygeia Award for community service given by the Iowa Pharmacy Association.
In recent years, he has headed up Central Iowa Honor Flight, which flew World War II Veterans to Washington, DC, for a one day trip to view the World War II Memorial and other historical sites around the DC area. John was the winner of the Hero’s of the Heartland Award from the American Red Cross in 2011 and was chosen by a leading national pharmacy trade journal in 2011 as a Next Generation Pharmacist for Community Service.
John currently resides in Urbandale with his wife Cindy. They have raised two to children in Urbandale, Adam, 28 and Meredith, 24.