In 1975, when John, his wife Chris, and their son Pinto (then 5) inadvertently landed on the Vineyard, it marked an end to their wandering hippie life and the beginning of South Mountain. Their daughter Sophie was born in 1984, and after they inspired and led the development of Island Cohousing in the late 90’s, they left Chilmark, moved in, and have been there ever since. Throughout, John devoted himself to creating, nurturing, and growing SMC and instigating a variety of public initiatives. These days he concentrates on sales, client relationships, design, and strategic planning. John’s book COMPANIES WE KEEP: Employee Ownership and the Business of Community and Place, was published by Chelsea Green Publishing in 2008. That faraway look he sometimes gets means he’s either at a higher elevation, gliding through deep powder, or imaging what comes next and tending to our future.