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The Take 6 is a new interview series the Purdue Research Foundation is featuring faculty, innovators, leaders and community partners.
Purdue Research Foundation is teaming up with Old Town Design Group to bring a new, diverse residential development to the Discovery Park District. PROVENANCE will include single family homes, luxury townhomes, and apartments, with move-in ready units this summer. Learn more about Provenance here.
We sat down (via video chat) to talk to the CEO of Old Town Design Group John Bain for our new interview series, the Purdue Take 6. We are going to be interviewing thought leaders and innovators from across the Purdue community from faculty and researchers to entrepreneurs and community partners. Take 6 gives us a chance to meet the people behind the giant leaps, and what motivates them to take the first small step.
What led you to pursue this field or career path?
John Bain: I’m in the world of development and home building and building of commercial projects and what led to that is just a passion for home building. I started very early, when I was 14, in construction and absolutely loved the idea of building people’s dreams whether that was a home or a building or a project and just the complexity in doing so.
What is an unknown fact that your colleagues may not know about you?
JB: So, a little unknown fact that many wouldn’t know is that I spent a little bit of time and am actually a licensed minister. That’s kind of counter to where I’m at in my career, but I’ve done a handful of weddings and some funerals and have had the opportunity to do that for family and friends and it’s certainly a passion of mine.
What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken? How did you work up the nerve?
JB: I’m kind of naturally a risk taker, so it’s kind of interesting. Probably the biggest risk I took is for my 40th birthday I decided to summit Mount Rainier, which is a fully glaciated mountain a little over 14,000 feet – so pretty crazy. It took several months of training and preparation and I guess what drove me to that is you know, why not? That’s kind of always the question I ask, you know, why not?
Had you every summited a mountain before?
JB: No. That was the first one so and quite possibly the last.
What is an interesting piece of data you found recently?
JB: So today I was listening to the radio and they had said that people would pay $2,826 to forget 2020. And that struck me, just from a standpoint of 2020 represented a lot of challenges and interesting dynamics, but I know for me in the face of adversity there was a ton of growth and expansion and creativity and opportunities to think about life differently. And so, I was kind of on the flip side of that – I probably would have paid way more than that to do 2020 over.
What is one thing in your life that you use every day and couldn’t live without?
JB: I have a series of apps that are called Warrior Apps and they track what I would call my core four: body, being, balanced and business. So am I moving myself forward in those four categories, as well as tracking all of my targets. My quarterly targets, my annual targets, my week-to-week to-do. So, for me that’s a tool that I spend a fair amount of time in every week in preparation, it’s what allows me to stay focused on the right activities at the right time to hopefully get the right results that I’m looking for. So, I probably would have a hard time living without that. It’s a combination of a couple different apps that all play together. It’s just kind of my whole life tool to keep everything on the rails.
What’s something that you are excited about or looking forward to in the next 12 months?
So, I’m excited about in the next 12 months, obviously we’re in an incredible partnership with PRF and launching our Provenance subdivision and community, and so just a ton of excitement around that new market for us and building a new team to help facilitate that. More holistically as a company I’m just really excited about the opportunity of growth for all the people that I get the joy and pleasure of being able to work with on a day-to-day basis. We’re growing, which is stretching people and people are having to learn new skills and take on new challenges and we’re launching a lot of other new communities in addition to Provenance. So that’s what I get excited about. That’s what kind of gets me up in the morning and going is just the opportunity to see other people grow and expand and create and do new things.