John Garland


John Garland


Bachelors Degree at University of Iowa and MFA at Augsburg University

Life Goal

To Appear as a Contestant on Jeopardy


Disc Golf, Hiking, Camping, Gardening, Playing Cribbage, Watching French Films on Netflix, Reading, and Watching the Minnesota Twins or Tottenham Hotspur

If you could spend one day with anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose?

Dorothy Parker. I’d ask her about modern life, food and drink, the craft of writing and her famous friends.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Night Owl, Without a Doubt

Notable Preferences?

Tea Over coffee. Beach Over mountains. Pie Over cake.

SVL would like to welcome our copywriter, John Garland. John graduated from the University of Iowa with his bachelors degree and went on to obtain his MFA from Augsburg University in 2015. John also spent a semester in Rome, Italy and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “I had a mythology professor who changed how I looked at those stories,” he went on to say, “Learning Roman myth in Italy made it that much more immediate and fun.”

He comes to SVL with an extensive freelance writing background, as well as seven years of editing at Growler Magazine and a number of other digital and print publications.

Abundant Hobbies

In the summer, John enjoys playing lots of disc golf, going hiking and camping, and gardening in his backyard. In the winter, you can find him by a fireplace with a cribbage board or watching French films on Netflix. Year-round, he’s never without a good book. John also closely follows the Minnesota Twins in MLB and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. As a goal, he aspires to appear on Jeopardy as a contestant.

Culture Appreciation

John enjoys experiencing foods, drinks, and the life of other cultures. If he could go anywhere in the world, John would choose a bustling city with lots of history and great street food. “Tokyo, Istanbul, Singapore, Marrakesh, and Bilbao all come to mind,” he noted. He frequently cooks at home and his specialties are Southeast Asian and Mexican.

Welcome to the team, John Garland!

A Peek Inside SVL’s Culture

Headquartered in Roseville, Minn., Schwab-Vollhaber-Lubratt, Inc., better known as SVL, has specialized in designing, servicing, and selling commercial HVAC systems for over 50 years. When customers work with SVL, they know they can expect our team to go the extra mile to exceed their expectations while providing premium equipment, expertise, and value. SVL’s distinctive advantage is understanding the connection between what a company promises and how that promise is delivered. The culture at SVL goes beyond being customer-centric; SVL has a vibe. Its atmosphere yields enthusiasm, engagement, a sense of ownership, and purpose. The culture is central to our success.

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