John attended Farmingdale State College in New York and Robert Morris College in Pennsylvania. He majored in Construction Technology and Liberal Arts. John was raised in construction and began working with his father when he was 18 years old. As you might imagine he started at the bottom, scraping materials, separating debris, and learning the value of a clean, safe and orderly work site. Discipline and quality were impressed upon him, and at 20, he earned the right to “swing a hammer” and began framing structures. Concrete and masonry followed in due time. John came to understand the proper sequencing of work, the skilled labor necessary along with the individual and collective contributions of the trade disciplines. He learned that no matter the weather or obstacles, a project must be delivered when promised. John has never had to demand respect; he has earned it by demonstrating that no task is too small or unimportant to escape his attention – or ability to competently do himself.
In 1975 John joined H.L. Lazar, Inc. (later to become NICO Industries) in New York as a Union Carpenter/Foreman. His work ethic and experience quickly moved him through the ranks. In 1977, now a Superintendent, John asked for and was granted the opportunity to relocate to the Los Angeles office. It was in that office where he met Jim Williams and Dick Batchley – the eventual founder’s of Cannon Constructors.
Founded in 1978, John became the first employee of Cannon. His expansive skill set and can-do attitude placed him in the center of every project. As the General Superintendent, he oversaw the burgeoning work load of the new Company. Cannon’s reputation grew and quickly became the preeminent General Contractor in the region. Recognizing that changing nature of the marketplace and the demand for a bifurcated union/non-union workforce; with the blessings of Jim and Dick, John established his own firm: JAL in 1983.
With the pending retirement of Cannon’s co-founders, John was persuaded to return to Cannon in 1991. Folding his business acumen with his vast field experience and marketplace knowledge proved a natural fit and in 1999 John became a Principle in Cannon. Today, he oversees a Company that spans California, with a deep resume of projects that includes multi-family, medical, tenant improvement, new construction and remodel / restoration. He remains directly involved in the day-to-day operations of every project endeavored. Hands on and engaged, John is the teacher and mentor to many, the heart and soul of the Company that he has helped build into the relevant and respected General Contracting firm that it is today.