DEAR EDITOR:

Many Mariettans live in a home built by John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods. John Wieland is an example of a true servant-leader. The names of John and Sue Wieland are above the entrance of the High Museum of Atlanta in consideration for their donations there. John served as the Chairman of the United Way of Atlanta when I first met him. John and Sue are major donors to Emory University, and I believe they support many other charities in this area, such as Rotary.

While John has sold “John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, Inc.,” in his peak he was The National Home Builder of the Year and I believe his firm built over 1,000 homes per year across the Southeast. He referred to his associates in his firm as “Members.” His homes feature function, beauty and artful craftsmanship.

John attended the Harvard Business School with former Marietta Mayor Bill Dunaway. Not long ago, I was walking on the Marietta Square with John, and a woman came up to him and said, “Excuse me, but aren’t you John Wieland?” John later told me that has happened to him even in New York City, where someone will stop him on the street who knows him. He is fun to be around, a quality guy, and a nice friend.

In all my business relationships in the last 45 years in Atlanta and Marietta, John is the most impressive business owner I have known. John Wieland has practiced being a good steward, a great, effective business leader, and he is the perfect example of the expression “We own forever what we give away.”

Daniel F. Kirk

Kennesaw

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