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John Gallagher

John Gallagher is driven by three key values — his faith in God, his family, and relationships. Marrying his high school sweetheart, John has raised three children while building a successful business built on one key focus — professionalism. Consistently exceed expectations and your customers will love you. For 25 years his strategy has been effective.

John was raised in a two-bedroom apartment, and credits his father, a past marine sergeant, with having some of the most impact on his life. After obtaining a two-year degree at community college John went on to work at JCPenney while he pursued his bachelor’s at Northern Illinois University. His original goal had been to be a store manager, but after 8.5 years life changed his plans.

Just before closing one night a man came into the men’s department needing a suit for the next day. While most people might have hurried the man along, John paid special attention to the customer and helped him for over an hour. By the end of the visit the man offered John a job in sales. In 1985 John parlayed his extensive sales and customer service experience into starting his own company, Exterior Designers, Inc. But to those who know him, he is much more. He is about faith, family, and community.