about contractor john

business history

            I began remodeling in 1974 right out of high school, working for Carleton Restaurant Services. I spent the next 4 years working for different remodeling companies in various niches, which added to my experience in wide variety of settings. In 1978 I formed Elite Construction and engaged in small remodeling projects. It was when I formed Elite Construction that I gained exposure to the "business side". In 1990 I joined forces with another contractor to form Kraftwerks Remodeling Inc. which allowed us to engage much larger projects. I built my first home in 1990 and continued to build one a year until 1995 when I formed Majestic Home Builders Inc.  In the next 14 years I built over 125 single family homes and project manged single and multi-family home projects for other builders. Recovering from the home building depression that started in the late 2000's I formed Contractor John Inc. in 2011. It was then that I branched out into the internet starting my Blog Home Repair Helpers and my very successful Contractor John YouTube channel. In 2014 I wrote my first book "The Dimension Bible for Remodelers and DIYers".  
 I have gained invaluable experience, working in the field for over 40 years. I don't believe you can see it all, but I sure have seen a lot. Combing the field experience, college and industry specific classes with excellent problem solving and communication skills, you get Contractor John.

Below is a list of designations and accomplishments;

  • Earned the CGR (certified graduate remodelor) designation from NAHB

  • Earned the CGB (certified graduate builder) designation from NAHB

  • Earned the CSP (certified sales professional) designation from NAHB

  • Earned the RHI (residential home inspector) designation

  • Co-Coordinator of Damage Assessment south region American Red Cross (past)

  • Vice Chancellor LearnBuild (past)

  • Member of Midwest Builders Show Educational Advisory Board (past)

  • Past President Will Grundy County Home Builders and Associates

  • Driving force behind the successful merger of Will Grundy County Home Builders and Associates and Southwest Suburban Home Builders Association

  • Having built over 125 single family homes from 1200 sq. ft. to 5800 sq.ft.

  • Having built multi-family townhouses (24 units)

  • Initiating the bill which became law defining buildable lots in un-incorporated Will County

  • Will County representative to CMAP (Chicago metropolitan agency for planning) advisory committee

  • Founding member FAIRAC (fairmont area innovative revitalization advisory committee)

  • Numerous board, committee and advisory positions in church and business sectors

  • Published Author of "The Dimension Bible for Remodelers and DIYers"

  • Very Successful YouTube Personality, with over 500,000 views