John Michele Fanuzzi (pronounced Michael)
2849 US Hwy 89 South
Emigrant, MT 59027
Born: November 12, 1950
Hasbrouck Heights High School in NJ - Honor Society
Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute
Newark College of Engineering
Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Science and Technology (College of Christian Education)
Foundational years: (I would consider the most important)
I came from a very good middle class family and learned early if I wanted anything I had to work for it.
Mixed concrete at 9 years old, worked for great uncle, built and raced in Soap box derby at ages 11 and 12, remodeled basement in my house at age 13,
Built large Paper Route at age 12, became Honor carrier, played baseball and foot ball in high school.
I started young as an entrepreneur, selling crafts door to door at age 9, shoveling snow, waxing cars, and purchased own car, a Corvette, at 17 years old with my own money saved. I also built my own engines and did my own body work as I sported drag racing for thrills.
Started working for a large concrete construction company in the summers as a carpenter and was general foreman at by age 22. Joined the engineering department by age 25 and worked specifically in creating detailed concrete field drawings for the College of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, NJ. At that same time, I built my own house by myself, nights and weekends for a year.
In 1981, I had moved outside of Philadelphia and worked as a superintendent on historical restoration in downtown Philadelphia, and later assistant project manager with a smaller non-union company.
While in the Philadelphia area I started a therapy table manufacturing company (on the side) out of my garage. That business started slowly but doubled each year for the next 5 years. Business profits quickly passed up earnings made in the construction industry to enable me to quit my job, and to grow the new business.
I moved to the Paradise Valley in Montana in 1985 with a young family, which grew to a total of 5 boys with that marriage. In the next 20 years we manufactured and sold over $80 million in therapy equipment, which included 10 personal patents, and became and industry leader in innovation and one of the largest employers in the county. I did 100% of the design on all products and detailed and built all phases of the physical plant. The business had a profit every year, but succumbed to the Chinese knockoff invasion and financial crisis in 2007.
In 2002 I met my beloved wife, Norah, and had 2 more children, this time girls, and fortunately bought a basalt rock quarry business, which survived the downturn that came later in 2007. It has been profitable every year since.
The quarry has led me to a new career in seeking alternative and “green” building materials - particularly a non-Portland Cement using our basalt from the quarry.
Currently I have been part of a great team in producing the cement for the future. Besides cement chemistry, I wear many hats, gained mostly from business experience, to assist our company, Navrattan, in bringing innovations to the market.
Hands on skills:
Marketing, Sales, Trade shows, and copy writer
Executive skills including financial and cost accounting and general management
Graphic and Web skills
Keynote Speaker and Radio show host
Master Carpenter – Mastery in layout, framing, form work, cabinet and millwork
Designer and builder of own buildings and homes well over 100,000 sf in all
Other trades – Electrical, Plumbing, Tile, Welding, Finishing
Heavy Equipment Operator
Geometer, GeoNumerologer, Astrologer
Polarity and Cranio-Sacral Therapist