John Engel - Co-Founder, The CEO Roundtable
John helps manage Brotherhood & Higley Real Estate. This local real estate firm is New Canaan's oldest, operating since 1926, and has maintained the number one market share for many years. A single office agency.
Brought up through Saxe Middle School and New Canaan High School, John is a true New Canaan native. "This is my hometown and I love everything about it. It's a great pleasure introducing new arrivals to New Canaan because I am so sincerely fond of it. In my opinion, there is no finer town in which to live."
John complements his business partner Susan Engel's years of experience by bringing to the table a competitive technology-driven edge. His years working in e-Media and Army service allow him to relate to his clientele and organize strategies more effectively than most agents in town.Brotherhood & Higley is focused on New Canaan. That is one of the main reasons he chose this firm.
Paper.com, Founder and CEO, New Canaan, Connecticut-June 2003 – January 2009 (5 years 8 months)
John worked with a local New Canaan paper executive, Scott Vallely to found Paper.com and they created a worldwide, competitive and comprehensive source for 40,000 consumer and corporate paper products. They created what was at the time the largest online paper source for greeting cards, wedding invitation, business card, office supply, stationery, envelope, graph paper, transfer paper, paper photo and printable stationery. The site served over 9,000 visitors per day out of the New Canaan headquarters and a call center. The company was sold in 2009 to an Internet marketing firm.
e-Media, Founder and CEO, New Canaan, Connecticut-February 1995 – February 2001 (6 years 1 month)
e-Media was the global broadband and e-commerce expert that combined proprietary, multi-media technologies with high bandwidth capacity to deliver consumer-centric Internet experiences in the entertainment, business-to- business and retail fields.
Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year 2000
Since founding e-Media in his basement in 1995, John along with partner Michael Terretta transformed the company from simple e-builder to one which managed the hosting and distribution of more targeted advertising (25 million daily), more merchandising (90,000 sessions daily) and more video streaming (10 million monthly) than that of the top three Internet agencies combined. e-Media managed more than $1 million a month in e- commerce. Every year the company doubled or tripled revenues - profitably growing from 1 to 161 employees. Clients included World Wrestling Federation, Microsoft, HBO, Showtime, Warner Brothers, MGM, CondeNaste Publications, GE Capital, Virgin Atlantic, Reuters, ZDTV, 6FigureJobs.com, and MedLecture.com. The company was sold in 2002 and is now part of Akamai.