John founded the real estate multiple listing service (MLS) in Puerto Vallarta (Multi-List Vallarta) back in 1988. Since then the service has continued to grow, offering a monthly print catalog as well as an online service at http://www.mlsvallarta.com. John’s company, the Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group, also publishes a number of magazines such as Vallarta Lifestyles, Costa Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit, Vallarta Nautica and the Vallarta Real Estate Guide. Along with http://www.mlsvallarta.com, there are two other websites offered by VLPG; http://www.virtualvallarta.com and http://www.vallartarealestateguide.com. VLPG also holds the Vallarta Lifestyles Real Estate Conference each year, (usually in May), for trade only (those involved in the local real estate industry).
Another business of John and his wife Florence, is the hotel collection Mexico Boutique Hotels (www.mexicoboutiquehotels.com), a group of 47 boutique hotels located in 26 locations throughout Mexico. MBH offers branding, marketing, public relations, reservations and a brand of quality for boutique hotels throughout Mexico.
In 2009, John was selected as one of the top 40 movers and shakers in Mexico tourism by the publication Líderes de México (Leaders of Mexico).
John is originally from British Columbia, Canada and holds a diploma in Urban Land Economics from the University of British Columbia. He has lived in Puerto Vallarta since 1987. John and Florence spend most of their time between Puerto Vallarta where their office is, and Punta Mita to the north of Vallarta, with summers spent in Florence’s native France or John’s native country of Canada – primarily in and around Vancouver.