"At the tender age of 13, my dad told me that whatever happens in life, when you have to make a decision, 'Always do the right thing.' This stuck with me throughout my career and has guided all my decisions, driving me to do what is right, not what is easy."
John is a seasoned C-suite executive leader with over 30 years of international experience in project management, operations management, mergers and acquisitions, integration and transition, strategic planning, talent development and corporate governance.
John was educated in his native England and began his post-graduate career in the gold and diamond mining industries of South Africa. He spent over a decade in the industry, starting as a junior engineer at Anglo American and working his way up to several management and leadership positions with DeBeers in the late '80s and '90s. John emigrated to Toronto, Canada in 2000 and joined Amec, subsequently transferring to the United States in 2002.
For the past 15 years, John has served as a senior executive and owner in the private sector, predominantly in the fields of architectural, engineering and, more recently, mechanical contracting. John has led M&A operations and has successfully bought and integrated companies. As an owner and principal at Midwest-based SSOE, John was an instrumental partner in growing the business substantially between 2005 and 2012. John moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2012, and assumed the roles of board member, president and CEO at Harris Group. He guided the company through a period of significant leadership and ownership transition.
John has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Northumbria University in Newcastle, England. He is an enthusiastic golfer and avid soccer fan, enjoys travelling internationally with his family and supporting his teenage children’s sporting activities. John lives in Sammamish, WA, and has been married to his wife, Gina, for 25 years.