John is an Associate Broker at Engel and Voelkers, with previous experience as a certified Luxury Agent at Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, and The Agency. John consults with clients, handling the purchase and sales of their homes, dives into the hunt for a great property with the goal of achieving positive equity at close whenever possible, enthusiastically showcases a home for sale to bring out its best features, and truly loves what he gets to do every day.
John moved to Engel & Voelkers to take advantage of their global reach in home and lifestyle offerings, their vision and core values that underpin the corporate culture and the Waterfront offices’ daily routine, the experience and professionalism of their management and advisors, and E&V’s established global marketing and support tools.
Having grown up around the world, he arrived in the Valley from Canada, 35 years ago, renovated central Phoenix properties during college, and is intimate with the best neighborhoods historically, and those now on the rise. John earned his MBA from Arizona State University, and was an e-marketing and sales executive, with stints with IBM and start-ups in San Francisco, Dallas, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Atlanta, New York, La Jolla and LA. His regular relocation home searches provided valuable experiences, both good and bad, and led to his real estate career.
John honed his luxury marketing skills, re-positioning and invigorating his gourmet food and wine shop in downtown Malibu as a side business. As a pioneer in email marketing and blogs, he delivered wine advice and sold rare wine across the country to America’s wealthiest collectors and some of the biggest names in entertainment and business. Expanding with a bar and restaurant, he catered to the needs of some of the world’s wealthiest business people and celebrities. Having created a shop that was a social hub for the wine community, built a wine clientele around the world, and co-founded the “Malibu Wine Classic for ChildHelp” charity, John decided it was time to move on from technology, food and wine, and focus on real estate- his other lifestyle passion.
He enthusiastically enjoys, and irreverently writes about homes, food and wine, loves architecture, grapes, cooking, good renovation, old cars and motorcycles, his family, his Bulldog “Rugby”, and friends.
In his rare free time, he coaches paddling sports on Tempe Town Lake, strums a guitar while singing offkey, visits his favorite old ski haunts and complains of aches and pains, avoids anyone carrying a rugby ball or organizing a “tour”, travels up and down the coast seeking out great food & wine, looks for water to paddle a SUP, and laughs at whatever “Rugby” is up to.