After college, John joined the Navy Seabees, planning new construction and maintenance for power plants, runways and other military base facilities in Alaska and Florida. His early career with Exxon segued into ownership of Brookstone’s predecessor company, which specialized in gas station construction. When the 1970s oil embargo wiped out that construction market, John had already refocused on churches and community projects. This savvy move not only saved the company’s future but also inspired his passion for building projects that serve communities throughout Houston, enthusiasm that continues today.
A dedicated participant in community and civic activities, John has been honored for his long-time voluntarism to Northwest Assistance Ministries; he currently chairs their Board of Trustees. He co-developed school construction guidelines published jointly by the Associated General Contractors and Council of Educational Facility Planners International. John applies his civil engineering expertise on the Board of Directors of Northwest Harris County MUD #5, one of state’s biggest, most actively expanding municipal utility districts.