• University of Oregon, Bachelor of Arts
  • University of Dallas, Master of Business Administration, Acquisition and Contracts Management
  • University of Hawaii, Master of Arts

Memberships and citations

  • Secretary of the Army Team Award for Excellence in Construction Contracting
  • Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal


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As head of contracting at the Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District for 18 years, John oversaw and managed contracts for the largest military construction mission in Corps history.

John joined Dawson in 2015 after 30 years in the Corps of Engineers, primarily overseeing contracts for the Savannah and Japan Districts.

As Chief of Contracting at the Corps’ Savannah District from 1996 to 2014, John oversaw and managed contracts worth more than $2 billion annually in 2008 & 2009 and over $1 billion in 2010 and 2011. This represented the largest military construction operation in USACE history.

During John’s service, the Army consistently rated Savannah as one of its lead Districts in executing the Army’s Military Construction (MILCON) mission. The Savannah District was also one of the Corps’ first military districts to venture into two-phase design-build contracts, both stand alone and as part of large Multiple Award Contracts.

John also became heavily involved with the District’s Sustainment, Restoration, and Maintenance (SRM) mission, which grew 400% during his tenure, and Savannah’s Civil Works projects along the Savannah River.

Prior to Savannah, John was Chief of Contracting for the Corps of Engineers, Japan District, overseeing approximately $1 billion in operations and maintenance contracts for U.S. military services. John was also in charge of developing the first “indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity” (IDIQ) contracts in the Japan District, leading to greater efficiency in services.

From 1970 to 1971, John was a helicopter door gunner and crew chief in Vietnam.