#meetmemonday with John Hibbs
After being an integral member of the PF+A family for many years, John has not only grown with the business but has helped to shape it into a thriving, passionate and life enhancing company.
We are thrilled to speak to John about his values in business and life, learning from the CEO of PF+A why happiness is the greatest gift of all.
Why do you love being a part of PF+A?
“Because we're building a better future for everyone. Creating amazing spaces for people to work and live and play. At the same time we're growing as a company, which is really exciting. I spend my days surrounded by amazing people who are all invested in the future discussing the next BIG ideas of tomorrow. It's like being part of a large family. I have never had Monday morning blues...I can't wait to get to work (not sure why I even call it work!?).”
What ignited your passion to make a difference in the world and enhance people’s lives?
“If I'm honest, this hasn't always been my position. Certainly, when I was younger I was concerned with what I could get out of the world. But as you grow and learn and talk and read you realise that the world doesn't work that way. Great joy can be achieved by serving others. Happiness really is so powerful that it doesn't even have to be yours and it's the greatest gift you can give someone.”
What personal attribute are you most proud of?
“I'm dedicated...and when I've discovered the right course of action I'm on it and nothing will knock me off. I'm also good at choosing amazing, smart and energetic people to surround myself with. Oh, I'm also really funny and handsome.”
Favourite moment at PF+A?
“We were out for a staff meal and one member of staff had too much to drink and was sick all over the table in the restaurant. This isn't my favourite moment, but what happened after that moment is. Everyone grouped together to fix the issue. Some cleaned the sick of the table, others mopped the floor, Peter schmoozed the restaurant owner, others took the poor member of staff to the bathroom and cleaned them up. It showed genuine belonging and togetherness. What could have been a calamity was turned into a minor blip on a night out. It was wonderful to witness.”
What is your favourite piece of architecture?
“Fallingwater, no doubt about it. I remember the first time I saw it in a book when I was really young, it blew my mind...it was so different. I couldn't even work out where the rooms were, or how it worked...it didn't seem to have doors or windows. I visited it about 10 years ago and it was truly amazing. It is as stunning as you imagine it to be.”
What’s your favourite sandwich?
“Cheese (red Leicester) and tomato, with mayo and salt and pepper. EASY!”