Having moved to Long Island when he was only 1 year old, J.P. spent virtually his entire childhood in the suburbs of New York, about 20 miles outside of New York City. At the age of 4, J.P. was introduced to the Long Island Sound and quickly feel in love with being on the water. By the age of 13, he was navigating the Long Island Sound on his own, fishing along Connecticut’s southern shores and Long Island’s northern shores. His academic career began in the Herricks Public School District in Nassau County, N.Y., graduating from Herricks High School in 1995. He left Long Island in September of 1995 and headed for Ann Arbor to attend The University of Michigan, where he spent the next 4 years of his life. Michigan provided a unique blend of academics and athletics. Graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, J.P. returned to Long Island and immediately began working in the real estate industry as a commercial real estate broker. This only lasted a year, as the bright lights of New York City were calling his name. Within a year after returning home from college, J.P. decided to take advantage of the booming internet economy and move into New York City. Although the internet bubble burst, J.P. remained in the internet advertising sales world for about 4 years. Around 2003, it was time for a change and J.P. left the internet world to pursue a career in the real estate world. Having taken 2 months off to backpack around Australia, J.P. soon began working closely with his brother and father, developing small 2 family homes in the outer boroughs of New York City. In addition, J.P. enrolled at New York University with hopes of obtaining his Masters degree in Construction Management. About 3 years later, he succeeded and walk away from NYU with his degree. Not soon thereafter, J.P.’s father retired and his brother moved back into the corporate world of real estate finance. J.P. took his degree and experience to The J Companies, where he has been employed for the past 5 years. He did, however, take a leave of absence to find the love of his life. Stepping out of his comfort zone, J.P. participated in ABC’s The Bachelorette Season 7 in 2011. In May of 2011, J.P. proposed to Ashley Hebert in front of almost 9 million people. He continues to fall more and more in love each day and not a day goes by where he doesn’t think about just how lucky he really is to have met the girl of his dreams.