With a background in theater work and antiquing, John has always found ways to work with his hands. His first antique shop, Jukebox City, was in Pioneer Square in the 80's. He started investing in properties and slowly transitioned to architectural restoration and preservation work.
In 1988 he built and opened the Luna Park Cafe in West Seattle, leading to his first foray into revitalizing a lost and forgotten neighborhood corridor. He has been a contributing member of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society since it's inception in 1997, as well as having served on the board for a number of years.
John received the King County Historical Organization's Charles Peyton award for Heritage Advocacy this year. He is a contributing member to Historic Seattle where he has taken part in their Learning Labs, community discussions, as well as the first InterUrban event. He received the Community Investment Award in 2014.
Since 1996 John has been on a mission in Georgetown. He has renovated a number of buildings restoring the original business corridor of Georgetown. It has become a thriving neighborhood once more. John was a founding member of the Georgetown Merchant's Association and the Friends of Georgetown History and still works daily to vitalize the area and community.
Read more in Seattle Business Magazine's November 2017 issue.