John founded HGH Construction in September of 1993 and launched Chattanooga Exteriors as a siding specialty company in February 2013. He currently acts as the Chief Manager for both companies. John was born and raised in Chattanooga and has strong ties to the city and its surrounding communities. John attended The Bright School, Baylor School (85), and holds a BS degree in Interior Design from the University of Tennessee @ Chattanooga (’90). While his career started in architecture and design, first at Artech Design Group as apprentice to Rick Thompson, David Hudson and Rice Williams and later Signal Design with Ann Weeks, he discovered his true calling while working under the guidance of Bob Corker @ The Corker Group in the early 90’s as in-house designer, project manager and construction manager. It was Bob’s encouragement that lead to John’s decision to create his own company and the formulation of HGH Construction.
John is married to his high school sweetheart, Kelly (Cronin) and has three funny, beautiful, talented kids, Kate, Virginia Ellis, and Carter. He is also very proud of his two office dogs Lola (the incessant ball chaser) and Ollie the Irish Wolfhound (mix, thank goodness).
John is an active member at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Downtown Chattanooga, sits on the Board of Children’s Home Chambliss Shelter, and is a member at Manker Patten Tennis Club. “I am humbled to have been entrusted with so many great projects and opportunities over the years. I truly appreciate the faith and confidence my clients place in me as well as the diligence of my staff in ensuring the success that is expected of us. I am also especially appreciative of the support my friends and family have shown me in all that I have undertaken since I first ventured out on my own all those years ago. But most especially, I cannot let the opportunity go without expressing my eternal gratitude for the lessons my Father taught me through his life and example as small business and service station owner at the foot of Signal Mountain. Clifford showed me what it means to not only be a good business man but more particularly what it means to be a good man and how that usually makes the difference between simply being competent and being truly successful in what you undertake in life.”