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John Abrams is co-founder and president of South Mountain Company, a design/build company on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. In 1987, South Mountain Company was restructured to become employee-owned, and so began the new adventure that led Abrams to write his first book, The Company We Keep: Reinventing Small Business for People, Community, and Place. With added experience and research, Abrams has revised the book, renamed Companies We Keep: Employee Ownership and the Business of Community and Place, so that it can better serve as a primer for employee-ownership. Abrams chairs the Island Affordable Housing Fund and serves as Vice Chair of the Island Housing Trust. Over the years he has held more than 20 social and civic posts, ranging from municipal boards, transportation task forces, and renewable energy groups, to a variety of affordable housing committees and non-profits. John is a member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (he was presented with their Lifetime Achievement Award after many years as a board member), Corporation 2020, the North American Timber Framers Guild, and the advisory board of Environmental Building News. He frequently lectures to university audiences, building associations, business groups, and environmental organizations on the topics of affordable housing, socially responsible business, and ecological design and building, and has trained several groups in meeting facilitation and consensus decision-making. Abrams’ articles about green building and workplace democracy have appeared in national publications such as Business Ethics and Fine Homebuilding.




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
South Mountain Company -- History.
Construction industry -- Massachusetts -- Martha's Vineyard -- Case studies.
Employee ownership -- Massachusetts -- Martha's Vineyard.
House construction -- Massachusetts -- Martha's Vineyard -- Case studies.
Employee ownership.
House construction -- Environmental aspects.
Social responsibility of business.
Industrial management -- Environmental aspects.