In 1975 John and his family inadvertently landed on the Vineyard. Their arrival marked the end to a wandering back-to-the-land hippie odyssey and the beginning of South Mountain. For nearly a half-century he devoted himself to creating, nurturing, and growing SMCo and a variety of public initiatives, mostly related to affordable housing. He is now retired, works part time in a consulting role, and remains on the SMCo Board of Directors. He lives a life of writing, activism, grandparenting, skiing with family, and travel with Kim, as well as working in their new business Abrams+Angell (in which he particularly works with worker co-op transitions).
John is a co-founder of Building Energy Bottom Lines, a peer group network of 60+ Northeast U.S. businesses in the architecture and construction industry. His writings include his book Companies We Keep: Employee Ownership and the Business of Community and Place, which was published in 2008.