COO | Partner | Realtor®
As a successful real estate agent and the Chief Operations Officer and Partner at Leaskou Partners, John brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table. Though he started his career in the restaurant business directly after finishing high school, he eventually honed in on his passion for real estate after moving to California in 1999. With his flexible schedule, part of his decision was the ability to be present for his son. John started his real estate career as a transaction coordinator, working his way up to office manager before breaking out on his own and becoming a buyer’s agent in the mid-2000s. Over the years, John has developed a specialization in second-home buying, helping buyers build equity through strategic updates and upgrades. In 2020, John became the Chief Operations Officer and Partner at Leaskou Partners. He has been instrumental in the company’s growth, helping to expand its reach and services to better serve clients throughout the Coachella Valley and Joshua Tree Corridor. John is extremely grateful for his life partner of 15 years, Phillip, who has been a constant support throughout his career, and their three fur babies, whom they affectionately call the Leaskou Pups. Throughout his career, John has achieved many notable accomplishments, including serving on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the Palm Springs Association of Realtors. In 2015, John was chosen as the recipient of the President’s Award – a high distinction within the Association. As Director of Operations at Leaskou Partners, and then later as Chief Operations Officer, John founded a successful and profitable DRE escrow company, Joshua Tree Escrow, and spearheaded the expansion of multiple ancillary ventures featuring commercial real estate with The Firm Commercial, the rental and property management wing Desert Lifestyle Vacation Homes, and BetterNHD with MyNHD, a white-page natural hazards disclosure operation. John’s clients appreciate his exceptional listening skills, open communication channels, ability to understand goals and aspirations during the property search, and his conscientious approach to helping make the escrow process as smooth and stress-free as possible. His commitment to continuing education and staying up to date with industry trends through seminars, conferences, and industry publications guarantees a top-of-the-line service to his trusted clients.