Staff Spotlight: John McWilliams, PE, SE

We welcome John McWilliams to Schaefer’s Columbus, Ohio structural engineering team as project manager.

1. What are your hobbies?

I enjoy backpacking, camping + fishing.

2. What is the most extreme thing you have ever done?

I have skied the backside of Snowbird in Utah.

3. What is a skill that you don’t have, but wish you did?

I wish I could sew so that I could repair clothes + gear in the backcountry.

4. What’s on your bucket list?

I’d like to hunt mule deer in the Missouri Breaks in Montana.

5. Meet my family.

My wife, Danielle, and I have four kids, Gage, Ian, Bennett + Evie. Fun fact: they were born in three different states.

6. What’s your signature dish to cook for family and friends?

I make delicious smoked chicken thighs and deep fried perch.

7. What made you laugh the hardest in your entire life?

The movie Anchorman had me laughing more than I ever have.

8. What’s your biggest pet peeve?


9. What would you sing at karaoke?

“What I Got” by Sublime.

10. Quote to live by.

“I do not know whether I shall make progress, but I should prefer to lack success rather than to lack faith.”



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