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John Finn

Chief Operating Officer (National), President (California)

With an insatiable appetite for success, John began his career in the construction industry in 1990 when he started his own finish carpentry business while attending college. He began his career as a project engineer and quickly advanced to project manager overseeing new construction, design-build, and tenant improvement projects in retail, office, and institutional markets.

A construction industry veteran with over 30 years of experience and over 20 years at W.E. O’Neil, John has built a reputation for driving innovation and stable growth. As Chief Operating Officer, John provides vision, leadership, and tactical guidance for national operations. He works closely with Brian Ramsay, W.E. O’Neil CEO, and the rest of the executive team to ensure that the company is well-positioned for continued success. In the COO role, John is increasing his company knowledge nationally in anticipation of taking over the role of CEO in 2025 during the company’s 100th anniversary.

“I’m very fortunate to have worked at W.E. O’Neil for the bulk of my career,” shares John. “I chose O’Neil as my home because it was clear that they invested in their people and provided opportunity. This is still true today, and because of that opportunity and my team, we’ve created opportunity and growth.”

While performing the role of COO nationally, John retains his current leadership role as President of California. Since joining W.E. O’Neil, John has been an instrumental part of every project in California and continues to grow the region and inspire employee-owners.

When he isn’t steering the ship at W.E. O’Neil, he enjoys running marathons, hiking, and traveling to exotic places. His most adventurous hike is Mt. Whitney which he completed in 16 hours in the summer of 2014.

One of the most rewarding things for me is stepping back at times and working ‘on’ the company. The future of our employee-owners is vital to me. We will continue to create opportunities for them in meaningful ways.

John Finn, Chief Operating Officer (National), President (California)

Years of Experience


Los Angeles

Joined W.E. O’Neil



  • B.S., Construction Engineering Management – California State Polytechnic University, Pomona



Five Things

Italy • Invention • Family • Tacos • Hiking


Gold Nugget Grand Award

Port of Long Beach Pier G Maintenance

Project Award | Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC)

Ralph B. McClure Craftsmanship Award

West Hollywood Library and Park

Project Award | Woodwork Institute