As a long-standing community member, John has given his time and energy to many civic, church, and educational organizations. As a result, he has received several awards recognizing his efforts.
John’s commitment to the special needs community is inspired by an uncle whom he saw had limited options in his life. Two years after graduating from San Diego State, John opened his first Original Pancake House in Poway in 1990. In 2003 he opened a second location in Temecula, which he sold in 2008.
In 2015, John was recognized by the Entrepreneur’s Organization as Social Entrepreneur of the year. In addition, he received the Big Brothers and Sisters of San Diego $100,000 Achievement Award from 2005-2014.
In 2018, because of his active involvement in Kiwanis as a Board member and a Senior Advisor to the Aktion Club, he was recognized as Kiwanian of the Year. The Aktion Club is the only community-service club for adults living with disabilities. It allows members to develop initiative and leadership skills in serving their communities while enabling their integration into society.
He currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council of Cathedral Catholic High School and is a St. Michaels Church Parish Finance Committee member.
Since 2015, a real passion for him and his family has been their participation in the Build A Miracle organization, where they recently sponsored their 10th house in Tijuana, Mexico.
John and his wife Lisa have two daughters, Lindsay and Lily. They are both very active athletes and attend Cathedral Catholic High School. Lindsey will be attending Baylor University in the fall of 2021. As a family, they were one of the first sponsors and active participants for the inaugural special needs event, Night to Shine Prom, in Poway.
Whenever John has time to himself, which isn’t too often, he enjoys golf, cooking, Sudoku, and caring for hummingbirds.