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Beacon Staff Profile: John Steele, Senior Project Manager / Surety & Construction Consultant

John Steele has more than 30 years of experience working in the construction industry, including over 16 years as a Senior Project Manager and Surety & Construction Consultant at Beacon Consulting Group, Inc.

John graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also earned an MBA from The University of New Orleans. John is a Certified Construction Auditor (CCA) and a certified Construction Controls Professional (CCP). Since joining Beacon's construction consulting team in 2006, John has managed numerous projects for Beacon’s clients, working in many different states across the U.S.

We caught up with John last week to learn more about him and what he has been up to in recent years.

You have a reputation as one of Beacon’s most well-traveled consultants. Just how many states have your worked in so far? (and what states have you not worked in yet, if any?)

Between Beacon assignments and prior activity, I have done business/ had projects in every state except for Alaska.

Can you remember what the first project was that you worked on for Beacon back in 2006? What kind of project was it?

First project for Beacon was an Equestrian Center in Monmouth County NJ, consisting of completion of a large stable facility along with management offices.

Do you have any favorite types of construction projects to consult on? (or favorite locations?)

Each project presents unique challenges and opportunities. I particularly enjoy projects where Beacon is involved with the General Contractor where there is interaction with all the trades on the job.

You and your wife currently reside in Ocean County, NJ, in a nice beach town. How long have you lived there and what do you like about the area?

I have lived in Point Pleasant Beach for 20 years and enjoy being in an oceanfront community. It is a small town with great beaches, restaurants, close to my boat and only an hour from Manhattan and 1-1/2 hours from Philadelphia.

In a previous E-news article, we learned that you have your Captain’s license and, in your free time, run fishing charters on your 37’ Topaz fishing boat (“Moondance”) operating out of Point Pleasant, NJ. Are you still doing a lot of fishing? How long have you had your Captain’s license? How far out to sea do your charters go and what kinds of fish do you catch?

I have had my captains license for over 20 years now and started “Moondance Sportfishing” back in 2005. I predominantly fish the offshore canyons for Tuna and Marlin where we run from 70 to 110 miles out (*see photos below). I also enjoy catching Striped Bass right off the beach in the spring and fall.

What else do you do like to do in your free time, when not fishing or traveling the country to manage projects for Beacon Consulting Group?

When home in NJ, I enjoy spending evenings in my kitchen making dinner for my wife and I, along with quiet nights in front of my fireplace. I have also been a NY Jets season ticket holder for 25 years which brings unique entertainment and challenges

John's depth of expertise helps him provide our clients with outstanding service in all of the following areas:

  • Construction Project Management
  • Surety Claims Consulting
  • Construction Claims Review
  • Cost-to-Complete Analysis
  • Construction Defect Assessment
  • Project Reviews for Financial Institutions
  • Construction Project RFP Management / Review
  • Review / Management of Construction Project Change Orders

Below are photos of some of the impressive fish John and his charter guests have caught over the years, including a wide variety of large game fish, such as Marlin, Mahi, Wahoo, Yellowfin, Longfin, Swordfish, Bigeye Tuna and sharks.

Image Above: White Marlin
Image Above: Very Large Mahi
Image Above: Mako Shark