A native and current resident of California, John became involved in special event planning while serving as a Pasadena Police Officer. Upon retiring from the force in 1992, John launched his own company specializing in transportation, traffic and parking management for special events.
Some highlights of John's experience and responsibilities in handling the transportation, traffic and parking management of high profile events include:
- Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association: Rose Parade, Pre-Parade Festivities and Post Parade Float Viewing . Since 1992, John has been responsible for managing shuttle systems, traffic and parking management for all parade, pre and post parade activities. John designed the current parking pass system used for all parade activities.
- Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association: Rose Bowl Game and the 2002 and 2006 National Championship Games . Since 1992, John has been responsible for managing all aspects of the Rose Bowl Game's transportation, traffic and parking plan, to include the spectator shuttle system, team, officials, VIP and dignitary transportation and parking. John designed the current parking pass system used for the Rose Bowl Game.
- Republican National Convention: 1996 (San Diego, CA) and 2000 (Philadelphia, PA) . As director of transportation, John was responsible for airport operations (over 400 private aircraft operations), the delegate shuttle system (45,000 delegates and guests), the media shuttle system (serving up to 8,000 – 10,000 media personnel), motorpool operations (managing a fleet of over 500 in-kind vehicles); transportation volunteer training (training and managing 650 – 1,000 volunteers); John chaired the transportation planning committee meetings; he was responsible for acquiring off site parking lots and allocated the lots for convention use. John worked closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in developing the transportation and traffic plan. John was overall responsible for the success of the transportation systems for the conventions. He also designed and issued parking and access passes adopted and used by the US Secret Service for convention vehicular access and parking.
- Super Bowl XXX (1996 – Tempe, AZ), and Super Bowl XXXII (1998 – San Diego, CA) Due to a shortage of buses required to support Super Bowl, John was contracted to acquire, coordinate, manage and dispatch over 1,000 buses to support all Super Bowl activities in Tempe, AZ and San Diego, CA. Buses were brought in from across the country to support the Super Bowl requirement. John located and managed a bus marshaling yard; contracted with hotels for bus driver lodging; contracted with fueling depots, bus washers and mechanics to support the fleet of buses. In addition, John managed a shuttle operation between driver hotels and the marshaling yard, contracted with restaurants for driver meal discounts. Drivers were also provided with maps, charter orders and driving directions.
- WorldCupUSA 1994, Los Angeles Venue (including the Championship Game) John managed all aspects of transportation including, five simultaneous shuttle systems: three shuttle systems for spectators moving 15,000 – 33,000 spectators per game for nine games; one system for 3,000 employees per game for nine games; and one shuttle system for 8,000 – 12,000 international media per game for nine games. He managed a motorpool of in-kind fleet cars of 250 vehicles. John managed a paid staff of over 70 and a volunteer force of over 600. John worked closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to develop the traffic, transportation and parking plans. John also designed the parking passes that were adopted and used at all venues throughout the country for all WorldCupUSA games. John managed the parking operation for over 12,000 cars, 400 – 1,350 limousines and 500 – 1,100 buses per game for nine games, and grossed over 2.2 million dollars in parking revenue for the Los Angeles venue.
- Community Volunteer In 2003, as a community volunteer, John chaired the 4 th of July committee for the City of San Marino. John produced, organized and directed the 4 th of July activities and show for the community and audience of more than 19,000 spectators.
- American Guild of Organists National Convention 2004 (Los Angeles, CA) and 2006 (Chicago, IL) Twenty-eight venues in eleven cities in five days (Los Angeles) and thirty-one venues in nine cities and two states, in five days (Chicago), John coordinated with local and state municipalities to develop and design the routing and parking plans, around a tight convention schedule, to accommodate up to 50 buses impacting neighborhoods and traffic in congested cities. John's precision, well coordinated and attention to detail planning and execution around the complicated convention schedule resulted in high remarks from the attendees, local steering committee and national headquarters alike.
- United States Army Criminal Investigations Command In 2006, John retired from the US Army Reserves after serving over 24 years (active duty and reserve duty) as a US Army criminal investigator. In addition, John performed, coordinated and managed personal protection details for members of the Department of Defense and foreign dignitaries. John currently possesses a Top Secret security clearance with the US Government.