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John is responsible for leading the development efforts of DMB Redwood City Saltworks. The Saltworks is a joint venture formed between Cargill Inc. and DMB Associates Inc. to determine the future use of the 1,433-acre Saltworks property in Redwood City. DMB Associates is one of the largest private landowners in California with seven projects that total more than 100,000 acres.
Prior to joining DMB, John spent 10 years as the Vice President of Worldwide Real Estate and Workplace Resources at Cadence Design Systems in San Jose. Cadence is the world's largest supplier of software tools used in the design of semiconductors.
While at Cadence, John led the company’s global expansion by building research and development campuses on every continent (except Antarctica). He was responsible for the management of the firm’s global real estate portfolio, facilities, procurement government relations, community involvement, and corporate security.
John also was responsible for overseeing Cadence’s annual charity event, Stars and Strikes, a bowling tournament that now has become the single largest fund raiser in Silicon Valley. He has been recognized throughout the Valley for his leadership in corporate philanthropy.
John has an extensive background in corporate finance. He was CFO of boats.com, where he was part of the management team that launched the most successful internet company for the recreational marine industry.
Prior to Cadence, John was a Senior Director of Worldwide Real Estate and Facilities for Sybase Corporation in Emeryville and was a managing partner in the Redwood City-based real estate company of McKay & Associates.
John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Santa Clara University. He is on the board of directors of the Redwood City San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce, Technology Credit Union, Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, St. Ignatius College Preparatory and is on the Advisory Board for Resource Area for Teachers.
John resides in his hometown of San Francisco. He and his wife have two children.