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John Brennan

John Brennan outside Roadrunner Glass.

JASON CAMPBELL/The Bulletin


POSTED January 28, 2012 1:24 a.m.

NAME: John Brennan

JOB: Business owner – Roadrunner Glass

BORN: Fremont

AGE
: 55

HIGH SCHOOL
: American High School

HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
: Rode dirt bikes in the hills.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR PARENTS
: Work for what you get.

GREATEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO HIM
: “Having my two daughters born into my life.”

PET PEEVE
: “Nothing really. I kind of take things as they come – let things roll off of my shoulders.”

LAST NICE THING A STRANGER DID: “I had somebody stop on the side of the freeway and let me use their cell phone to call AAA. That was a little while ago.”

FAVORITE DINING HAUNT & MENU ITEM
: “I like sushi and that place in Lathrop – Mikasa. I’m a fan of the spicy tuna roll.”

BEST GIFT EVER RECEIVED: “A round of golf at Pebble Beach from my brother-in-law. It was cold and the wind was blowing 50-miles-an-hour, but it was Pebble Beach – it was amazing.”

IDEA OF A GREAT DAY: “Going out for a round of golf with my buddies – enjoying the competitiveness and just hanging out with friends.”

CURRENT BOOK READING: The “Alien Huntress” novels by Gena Showalter

FAVORITE PLACE TO GO IN MANTECA: Manteca Park Golf Course

FAVORITE MOVIE
: Avatar

FAVORITE ACTOR AND WHY? “George Clooney. He plays so many different roles. He’s just good at what he does.”

BIGGEST CHANGE IN MANTECA OVER PAST 10 YEARS: “I think that it’s watching more people move here – I like it. I think that it’s good as a business owner.”

HOW DO YOU COMPETE AGAINST BIG RETAIL CHAINS THAT OFFER THE SAME PRODUCTS?: “Fair pricing and high quality work. Great service. I think that my reputation is what has kept me in business throughout this recession, and that means a lot to you when people come in because somebody tells them about us. Everyone has kept their jobs – we’re like a big family.”

BEST ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE SOMEONE: “Always be responsible for your actions.”

FAVORITE GETAWAY: “Scottsdale, Arizona. For about 10 years now eight of us have gone down there for a week to play golf at different courses. It’s something that I definitely look forward to.”

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR EXERCISE?
“I lift light weights and walk 95 percent of the time on the golf course so I’m getting my five miles in a couple of days a week. My fiancé and I are also training for the Survivor Mud Run. We’ve been at it since December – it’s kind of a goal that we set as something to accomplish. Even if we have to walk we’re going to finish.”

HARDEST THING YOU EVER HAD TO DO?
“Put my dog down. Lady – a golden retriever.”

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE? “I’ve always been a sports fan – a 49ers fan – and Joe Montana has always been one of my biggest heroes. I’d have to say Joe Montana.”

IF YOU WERE SOMEONE ELSE AND YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE WHAT KIND OF PERSON JOHN BRENNAN WAS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? “Easy going and hard-working and fair. A good father and good friend.”

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE 10 YEARS FROM NOW? “Living right here in Manteca – retired.”

WHAT WOULD YOU MISS THE MOST IF YOU COULD NO LONGER DO YOUR JOB?
“Seeing my employees on a regular basis. We’re really like a family here. Everybody has been here for so long. Joe (House), who started working here when he was 15, is 35 now so he’s been here for 20 years. Celeste (DeRossett) has been here for 19 years. They’re what I’d miss the most.”

WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN? “I’m proud to be a veteran. I’m proud that our country gives everybody a chance to progress on their own – that we aren’t held back at all. When I go out I’m going to put an American windshield on an American car because I know that somebody’s job was behind making that window. It might put us at a disadvantage when other shops use products from China that they get for less and pass that on to their customers, but it’s something that’s important to me.”

WHAT IS YOUR GOAL WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? “To be in a good mood, to be motivated to do my exercises, to eat a 200-calorie breakfast and to love life.”

WHAT WOULD LIKE TO SEE MANTECA HAVE THAT IT CURRENTLY DOESN’T?
“I’d love to have BART run here so I can take it straight to the Giants game without having to drive all the way to Pleasanton. I honestly think having BART extended out here to the Central Valley would be a big benefit to everybody who lives out here but works over in the Bay Area. It would be great.”



— Jason Campbell

staff reporter

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