John was the principal partner in various partnerships involved in the development of industrial real estate in Southern California, Northern California, Seattle, Washington and Anchorage, Alaska. These partnerships operated from 1972 to 1989 while developing over 18,000,000 sq. ft. of industrial space.
In 1986, John formed O’Donnell Property Services, the property management entity of The O’Donnell Group that managed and marketed over 56,000,000 square feet of industrial properties throughout California. In 1995, O’Donnell Property Services was sold to Insignia ESG Commercial Group.
Prior to the formation of The O’Donnell Group, John worked with Coldwell Banker for ten years as a broker and sales manager.
John had an undergraduate from the University of Southern California.
He was a lifetime trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Most recently, he won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the graduate school of Real Estate at UCI.