John brings huge experience to the LINK team, with over 30 years as a successful business developer and project manager, both in New Zealand and overseas. John has built and invested in a wide range of commercial building projects, refurbishments and businesses, taking projects from conception to completion. John’s Company has a strong focus on building restoration, and he has developed innovative methods to meet the exacting requirements for earthquake strengthening existing buildings, especially his favourite - Oamaru Stone structures. With John’s family bringing him home to North Otago, John saw huge potential in the wonderful old buildings in this area.
John loves to look back on one of his most successful – and fun ventures, in Canada, in which he had a strong vision and passion to develop the first Bungy Jumping Operation in North America! This business was a huge success and boasted over 20,000 jumps in its first year of operation. These numbers achieved a $2.5 million-dollar turnover and a million-dollar profit, paying the venture off in its first year of operation.
John’s profile wouldn’t be complete without also mentioning another very exciting and fun experience which highlights John’s passion to experience something new. To escape the cold winter months in Canada, John went to live in Beverly Hills and became involved in the movie industry, using his martial arts experience from his school days, to work in stunts and specialise in choreographing fight scenes. He worked in the films ‘Road House’ with Patrick Swayze, ‘Diggs Town’ with Lou Gossett Junior and ‘Batman’ with Michelle Pfeiffer!
John has recently extended his focus and skills into the more sedate real estate industry! John quickly decided that his commercial, development and business background are ‘purpose built’ for the business sector of the industry. John’s resume highlights all the excellent and necessary qualities and skills, critical to the success of any business. There is no question that he sets and achieves goals and actuates his innovative ideas; he is passionate about excellence and integrity; he is a very strong communicator and is tenacious. These attributes and John’s wealth of knowledge, in both the start-up of new businesses and driving them through the development stages to create highly successful and profitable enterprises, will be a huge benefit to both vendors and buyers.