John joined the Dome team in 2009, and over the last 11 years, has played a crucial role in building his group to what they are today.

John attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, with a minor in Business Administration.

During college, John sought out extracurricular opportunities to gain hands-on experience—including three internships at notable General Contractors. He even spent one summer in Alaska working at a gold mine constructing a gold ore processing plant. John raised his hand in one of the CM Department Info Sessions to ask if the company would send interns to their project in Alaska. Little did John know that they were struggling to find anyone willing to go to Alaska. John signed up to work in the field but on the first day, they showed him his desk and computer. He insisted that he get out in the field part-time, and eventually worked half time as pipe-fitter’s helper. Granted, these were 7×12 work weeks, and half time was still 42 hours per week.

John joined the Dome team as a Project Engineer and from the beginning, he was driven, dedicated, and eager to grow his career. In 2012, John was promoted to Project Manager, to this day, this is one of his favorite memories at Dome. “I sent our then COO, now CEO, Rob Lynch, a calendar invite: “Meeting to discuss my goals and promotion.” Rob accepted the invite and had drafted an incredibly thoughtful “All Users” email that he sent the moment I walked in his office. I learned Rob had done this when after leaving his office it was apparent that everyone at Dome had already received the news of my promotion.” It was only three years later when John was promoted to Associate Director. And now, in 2020 he is promoted to Director and Shareholder.

Over the course of his tenure at Dome, John has led a wide range of construction projects in Healthcare and Life Sciences, which has given him a well-rounded understanding of various technically challenging market sectors. Over the years, John has worked with such valued clients as UCSF, Clorox, Stanford University, and Alexandria Real Estate, among others.

As a Director, John is looking forward to building his team and providing opportunities for growth. John is particularly excited about the next generation of leadership, and the impact they will have on the industry.

John is an avid hang glider, a licensed pilot, and an outdoor enthusiast. When he isn’t flying, you can find him traveling the world to a new country or landscape with his girlfriend, Rochelle.

We interviewed John to learn more about who he is and to get a better understanding of what he’s looking forward to in his new Role.

What do you like most about the company and your job?

How Dome treats its people. Dome is a truly rare company in the construction industry, or really any industry. Over the years as I’ve shared stories with friends and family outside of the industry, they are constantly amazed at the way Dome handles adversity. We value people. It’s not just a slogan.

What is your favorite Dome memory?

My promotion to Project Manager, and how it was done. I will always remember the day.

How do you see Dome developing in the next 5 years?

We are clearly living through a pivotal moment in history. I imagine foundational changes in the way we live, work, and interact will continue beyond this pandemic and tipping point in racial injustice. I do not think anyone can fathom what changes the next 5 years will bring, but I know that Dome’s values will carry us through and see us to better times ahead.

What do you do when you are not working?

Go hang gliding! My favorite thing is combining hang gliding with camping. We camp at a beautiful place in the mountains, hike or mountain bike in the mornings, and go flying in the afternoons. Sometimes there are alpine lakes and rivers involved. Now accepting future pilots…

What advice would you give your younger self?

Figure out what makes you happy, and start doing it now. My 20’s were spent doing a lot of the typical young adult things, but I didn’t really have a true passion in life. I knew there was more but I couldn’t figure out what it was for me. I’ve figured that out and my life has much more meaning for it. By the way, if I had given myself that advice, I don’t know that I would have figured it out any sooner.

What has been the best piece of advice someone has given you?

Give people the benefit of the doubt. In challenging situations, it’s best to assume people are mostly good, and there is a reason for their behavior.

What is your favorite animal?

Cats. No, a Peregrine Falcon. Wait, actually, a Labrador Retriever, or… a Brown Bear. I love animals.

What is your favorite food?

Mexican Food. My favorite place is Los Metates in South San Francisco. Get the Super Pastor Burrito. Wow.