John Gardner is the founder and president of Wallace Consulting & Construction, which has overseen all buildouts and venue renovations for Mission Group since 2017. He is one of the most experienced hospitality contractors in the region, having executed a variety of buildouts for the likes of Chef Geoff's and Fabio Trabocchi in addition to Mission Group. In 2018 John and his team performed the buildout for the 10,000 sq ft Mission Navy Yard in less than three months and recently oversaw construction for The Admiral in Dupont Circle and Salazar on 14th Street. Prior to focusing on the food service industry John oversaw many high profile local projects, including the buildouts of the worldwide headquarters of Nextel corporation, the DC headquarters of the world's highest billing law firm, multiple local high-rises and other buildouts across the nation. To further support the food service industry Wallace has planned and is building the La Cocina food service training facility in Arlington, Virginia.
In his free time John enjoys spending time doting on his wife and young daughter, hosting outings to Caps and Nationals games, and taking annual trips to Las Vegas nightlife conventions with Fritz, Reed and Stefan.