We had the good fortune of connecting with John Conley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John, what makes you happy? Why?
For me, happiness is derived from fulfillment. Whether that fulfillment is satisfied through my role as a father, husband, coworker, brother, son, or friend, I am most happy when I understand my purpose, and respond in a way that positively affects those I support. My wife calls it “selfish selflessness,” because I selfishly enjoy the way in which I help others.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am currently a Project Manager overseeing electrical substation construction for a Houston based industrial EPC (Engineering, Procurement, & Construction) firm. Being a Mechanical Engineer by trade, I’ve been placed in a unique position to learn the ins and outs of electrical distribution and transmission which has been a challenge in and of itself. My current career allows me to provide a means of support for my true passion of woodworking. I opened my woodworking side business in 2018 with the hopes of one day being able to devote 100% of my time and resources to it. Finding a balance between the day job, a side business, and starting a family has been the biggest challenge I’ve faced to date. I am fortunate to have a very supportive wife and family who continuous encourage me to keep moving forward no matter how small the advancement may seem.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would start the Saturday morning early with a run at Memorial Park to get the blood flowing. I would then head over to Bebidas to refuel and grab a quick bite to eat and a drip coffee. Ready to take on the day, I would then head BACK to Memorial Park to hit a few range balls at their newly renovated driving range (it’s awesome). After working up another sweat I’d probably suggest a visit to my favorite brewery, Spindletap Brewery, which also conveniently hosts one of my favorite food trucks, Texzas. After knocking back a few of their delicious, Houston themed haze beers and some bbq, I would Uber on back to the house for a quick siesta and recharge. I would top off the night with a visit to my favorite neighborhood bar, Marquis II, aka The Deuce. This is hand’s down my favorite bar in Houston for one of two reason’s, 1) Al and his staff are always very engaging and friendly and 2) I can bring in Pink’s pizza from right across the street, post up at a round table inside The Deuce and eat it while drinking a legendary Texas Tea and watching one of their many TVs. After a few rounds of pool and shuffleboard, this is where I would call it a night. After a good night’s sleep, I would start Sunday with church at The Story Houston with Pastor Eric and Geovanna Huffman. Sunday morning’s with these two have become one of my favorite parts of the weekend so church at The Story is a must for us. After soaking up the message at The Story I would head on over to Skeeter’s Mesquite Grill for the grand finale with their Sunday buffet. I would then proceed to sleep the rest of the day…#canthang
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife, mom, & dad have been the biggest source of encouragement throughout this journey. Thank you for your continued support through all of my endeavors in life!