Portrait of a GFFer: JohnPaul Barrandey

Meet JohnPaul Barrandey. JohnPaul was named after Pope JohnPaul II and is a member of Stephen Pickard’s Church Studio. He has been with GFF for just over a year now. When he’s not at work you can find him doing some form of exercise with his wife Laurie, they are some in shape people! (Check out their adorable wedding photo.. Love it!) Read more about JohnPaul below.

  1. I enjoy competing in triathlons and marathons with my wife Laurie Barrandey. We met on the triathlon team at Texas Tech University in 2010. We have raced an Ironman triathlon together and this year we completed a 50 mile trail run.
  2. I have a metal plate and seven screws holding my elbow together from a bike accident. Don’t worry, it hasn’t slowed me down one bit.
  3. My wife and I own nine bicycles. Two of each for different occasions. The bike I ride to work I found next to a dumpster when I was in High School and is older than I am.
  4. Wood working and metal fabrication are passions of mine. I have made more than half the furniture in my apartment. If I didn’t have a career in architecture I would probably be a carpenter.
  5. My wife and I just celebrated our one year anniversary and we are excited about what the future has in store for us. This also makes a year working at GFF. I started work the day after my honeymoon.
  6. Before working at GFF I designed crude oil transport trails and oil fracking units. This new gig has way more creative freedom.
  7. I wear argyle socks to work every day. When I put them on in the morning it makes me feel like I can take on anything that comes my way.
  8. My favorite food is hamburgers and french fries. I could eat them every day. One of the great things about Dallas is all the hamburger restaurants. I am trying to get Hopdoddy’s as an approved vendor for lunch and learns.
  9. I enjoy skeet shooting at the ranch with the family. Things can get pretty competitive so you have to bring your A game when you come out with us.
  10. My wife and I are currently designing a tiny house (135 sf) at the family ranch outside of College Station. Construction should start this Fall.