After graduating from the University of Florida – Rinker School of Building Construction, John moved back to Naples to work with Vernon Allen, the namesake of the company that he would purchase years later. Starting in the late 70’s, the company was under John’s direction for the next 37 years. Under his ownership, A. Vernon Allen Builder, Inc. was the foremost contractor in the finest neighborhoods in Naples.
Outside of AVA, John stays involved with Outward Bound, a premier provider of experience-based outdoor leadership programs for youth and adults, and has served on its national board. Additionally, he served the Governor of Florida’s Early Learning Coalition as a Board Member from 2004-2009 and Chairman from 2009-2012. He also was a member of the Rotary Club of Naples for 35 years.