Prior to his formation of the Vireo Group with Clay Boardman, John was a managing partner of Hull Storey Gibson Companies for fifteen years where he was responsible for the acquisition, financing, development, construction, redevelopment, leasing and management of retail properties and contributed to the growth of the portfolio to 13 million sf in eight states. While at Hull Storey Gibson he also owned and operated construction and site work companies that generated over $60 million in annual revenues. Prior to joining Hull Storey Gibson, John served as Senior Vice President for mergers, acquisitions and development for Merry Land & Investment Company, a NYSE listed multifamily REIT where he completed the acquisition and development of $700 million of apartment properties. Subsequent to Merry Land’s merger with Equity Residential Properties Trust, John served as Senior Vice President for Equity Residential in a transitional capacity. Prior to joining Merry Land, John practiced law with Hull Barrett where he was the managing partner with a transactional practice specializing in securities and real estate and served four years as a captain in the U.S. Army JAG Corps in West Germany. He is an Honor Graduate of the JAG Corps Officer Basic Course. He holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, a J.D. cum laude from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from Augusta University. John holds a general contractor’s license and is an instrument rated pilot.
John is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He has been a frequent speaker and panelist reviewing tertiary markets and redevelopment.
John is a communicant of the Church of the Good Shepherd and has served on the board of directors of the Ronald McDonald House, the Shelter and the Episcopal Day School. He served three years as the chairman of the national parent fund committee for Williams College and established the Gibson Family Professional Development Fund at Phillips Exeter Academy.