Described as “dedicated and active on a volunteer basis in the community and to his profession” John Stennis, of Gilday Architects PC was recently awarded his spot on the 2015 Wyoming Business Report’s “40 Under 40”.
This annual award program seeks to recognize emerging young leaders across Wyoming who make a difference in their companies’ industries and communities.
Stennis, 32, has served the past five years on the Town of Jackson Planning Commission which included work on the community’s comprehensive plan.
“My goal is to build a better model of what an architect does,” Stennis said.
For him that means being involved and doing what he can to best leverage his skills to the community’s benefit. As a Teton County Commissioner, John works to build consensus with the Planning Commission, elected officials, the community, and the architecture profession to help ensure the vision for this Plan is the vision the valley needs.
After graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006, John moved to Jackson where he spent many summers on his grandparent’s ranch. In 2014 John made a big decision to run for Town Council. He ran because he wanted to continue community service on a larger scale and make sure that elected leadership remained committed to implementing the Comprehensive Plan.
“Although I did not win, spending eight months campaigning showed me so much more about a place I felt I already knew pretty well,” Stennis said. The recognition of his efforts was being 53 votes away from unseating incumbent officials, which showed the power of his message as a first-time candidate.
Professionally, John oversees many residential and community minded projects. In addition to his volunteer efforts John enjoys Jackson’s great outdoor opportunities.