About John Risher

John was born in Muncie, Indiana, but being a “military brat”, lived his early life in many locations throughout the United States, Germany and Canada.  One of John’s current “Bucket List” accomplishment goals is to visit all 50 States (only three are left to complete his U. S. travel log).   His major interest during his youth was the Boy Scouts of America.  His dedication to the organization earned him an Eagle Scout Medal and initiation into the Order of the Arrow.  John has never forgotten the values that he learned from his years in scouting, integrity being the most important.  He was President of his high school graduation class.

John and his wife Carol met while attending the University of Florida.  John earned Bachelor and Master Degrees in Construction Management while there.  After college, the couple lived in Ft. Worth, Texas while John completed his military service as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.  They moved to Houston after his discharge from the military.

John was a Church League Soccer and Little League coach and a Boy Scout leader while his son was involved in scouting.  John and Carol were both active with the Parent’s Organizations when their son was a member of the McCullough Cross Country Team, and during their daughter’s participation in competitive gymnastics.  Their children live with their families in Austin and Plano, Texas.

John is currently a Senior Project Executive with Gilbane Building Company, one of Houston’s largest Commercial Construction Contractors.

John has, also, worked professionally in the commercial real estate industry for one of its industry leaders in property management of commercial real estate.  During his real estate career John obtained a real estate brokerage license.

Throughout John’s business career he participated in many professional organizations, including ASHRAE, BOMA, and the Association of Energy Engineers.  John currently holds a LEED AP professional designation with the United States Green Building Council.  John has volunteered his time to his community on such worthy projects as  Habitat for Humanities, and was a Board Member and Treasurer for ACE Houston Mentoring Program–an organization that promotes the introduction of High School students to career opportunities in the Architectural, Construction and Engineering professions through the award of college scholarships.  John was also a founding member of the Houston Independent School District Foundation Annual Golf Tournament, helping to raise money for college scholarships.

In 1991, John and Carol moved to The Woodlands, settling into their home in Cochran’s Crossing in Shadowlake Forest where they still reside.

John is not new to community service within The Woodlands.  He initially served on the Cochran’s Crossing Village Association before being elected to the Woodlands Community Association as a Board Member.  He has also served on the Development Standards Committee, helping to maintain the high standards we have come to expect in The Woodlands.  In addition, John has been his Company’s representative and served as a Board Member on the South Montgomery County Economic Development Partnership.

John is an Op-Ed author, having been published frequently in The Villager on topics ranging from national politics to local issues affecting The Woodlands Township.  In an article published in the Letters to the Editor section of the May 19, 2011 Woodlands Villager John, in an article entitled “A Community and Not Just a Township”, expressed ideas that concerned him about the direction The Woodlands Township was taking on various issues.  In particular, John was troubled by the negative direction that a recent Township election had taken.  In the article John said, “… our community was spiraling down the negative path that cities before us had traveled and lamented that we were promised more when we approved transition from Woodlands Homeowners Association to Township.”  John said, “I also hope that residents of the community will see the importance of being actively involved in their own governance…”.

John is taking his own advice and volunteering to get “actively involved in his own community governance again”, and is asking for your vote.  With your support, John pledges to  help strengthen and renew our Community’s resolve to promote the, long history of the Woodlands Corporation, community business leaders, other governmental agencies and, most importantly, the residents working closely together to complete George Mitchell’s dream.