Alum Q&A

Alumni Insights: 10 Questions with John Njoes, ’05

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John Njoes ’05 is a Dunwoody graduate of the Architectural Drafting and Estimating program (class of 2005) and former student body president. Following a career in home remodeling and design as a craftsman and small business owner, John now shares his love of homes as a Realtor® with Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty. Outside of work, he finds happiness in the arts, playing music, dancing, ice carving, and exploring the world with his son. You can catch him every year at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival’s ice carving competition. John is definitely #DunwoodyProud! 

1. What did you want to be when you were small?

A model builder. 

2. If you could learn one (more) skill, what would it be and why?

I would love to know how to make sushi (well). I have always appreciated the beauty and the artistry involved and after many failed attempts I think would put this new skill to good use.

3. What is your favorite building and why?

Anything Frank Lloyd Wright. I think that his concepts/creations have a certain magic in them. He strove for a harmony and completeness in his designs that has always resonated with me.

4. What’s your favorite family tradition? 

Music festivals. My parents were big into folk music and dancing, and we were always packing up to head someplace exciting. As a kid, you fall into these little packs with other kiddos in your community, which was really fun and unique. As an adult, I still attend and perform at many of the same festivals from my childhood.

5. Do you collect anything?

Ice carving tools. It’s kind of a problem…😂

6. What is the best gift you have been given?

My son.

7. Aside from necessities, what is one thing you could not go a day without?

Is coffee a necessity? If yes, then I would say reading a book before bed.

8. In what ways are you different from your childhood self?

Surprisingly few. I like to think that I have become less selfish and more patient. In terms of vocation, one of my favorite pearls of wisdom comes from Billy Porter “When your intention is service, everything else will work itself out.”

9. What’s the best concert you’ve been to?

In high school I saw ”’Kid‘ Johnny Lang and the Big Bang” at the Metropolitan Ballroom. The venue was tiny, and he was incredible! 

10. If you are outside, what are you most likely doing? 

That’s a tough one… Given the time, I would be fishing with my little guy. When that’s not possible I might be reading in a hammock or running around down by a lake/river/creek with my family (pup included).