John S. Loar

President at JLOAR INC

166 Montair Drive, Danville, California, United States
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(925) 785-3704
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Last Updated 12/5/2016

General Information


Cal State Chico

Bachelor of Arts degree  - California State University at Chico


Business Affairs Advisor  - Sugar Ray Leonard

Founder  - Venture Builders Inc

Producer and Executive Producer and Managing Director  - Red Bird Cinema LLC

Board Member  - The Roda Group

Board Member  - Behring Investments

Vice President  - Blackhawk Corporation

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February 2011

John Loar Former Blackhawk Developer is Now Applying His Skills in Hollywood
John Loar If truth-be-told, after three plus years in the movie business, John Loar still feels like the new guy trying to establish himself. From his early days in real estate development, Loar has had a very simple, task oriented, work ethic: Use what you've learned, build off what you've done, and take on the next job until the work is completed. As the Managing Partner of Red Bird Cinema and President of J. Loar Productions Inc., both growing independent film companies, John is now applying his task oriented mentality to Hollywood's maverick movie making industry. John freely admits, "It's a dog-eat-dog business and there are no easy way to get a project completed. There are some days when the mountain of tasks to complete seems insurmountable, but like any business you have to pay your dues." Meeting for breakfast at Chow in downtown Danville, Loar resembles a more rugged version of Simon Cowell. John, 51, has a relaxed nature, and yet his demeanor gives one the impression that his days are filled with a sense of purpose. He maintains an on-going "To Do" list where he methodically lines out tasks that he's accomplished. As a Danville native who attended San Ramon Valley High School, John graduated from Cal State Chico and joined the Blackhawk Corporation in 1987. Working for Ken Behring and Steve Beinke, John was an integral part of the team that built Blackhawk. They knew that mistakes are part of the process, but you still have to get the job done," John recanted. The fact that Blackhawk Corporation oversaw a variety of company operations and processes gave John an eclectic on- the-job training as he learned to put together complicated transactions. Loar was ultimately responsible for the sale of Blackhawk Plaza to the Koll Company. Disney President Michael Eisner saw the potential to bring the NFL into the mix," Loar fondly recalls. Fortunately for Loar, the Seahawks/Disney deal introduced him to a lot of very influential "Hollywood" people which set the table for a yet unseen task that would be coming his way. Looking for his next project and while spending some "Mr. Mom" time (the hardest task John claims he's ever tackled), he did some volunteer work with the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF). "We happened to live next door to Dennis Eckersly and I shared an attorney with Tony LaRussa. John tells. While attending a birthday party for the St. Louis Cardinals Manager and East Bay animal activist/resident, John found himself sitting next to Buzz Bissinger author of Three Nights in August, a book which chronicles a critical three game series between the Cardinals and Chicago Cubs during the 2003 baseball season. Ultimately, John suggested they approach Billy Bob Thornton, a good friend of LaRussa's, to look at the script. "Billy has a true love of the game and truly thinks he knows as much about baseball as Tony," John says with a chuckle. Once Loar, LaRussa and Pollock merged efforts with Thornton's production team and corporate attorney, Greg McCoy was brought on, Red Bird Cinema, an independent film company was founded. John explains. John has also expanded his real estate and venture consulting company, J. Loar, Inc. into movie production to develop micro budget films and expand into television and cable opportunities. John says, "The new company is focused on different type projects from Red Bird Cinema with the main objective being to get shows into production quickly. John met Adrian about three years ago through a mutual friend at Creative Artists Agency. After a rocky first meeting with Adrian's real life "entourage," that John says was like a scene from the popular HBO series, they ultimately got together one on one connecting on a few ideas and worked out their own deal. In addition to Teenage Paparazzo, the pair has released a film entitled Don't Quit Your Day Dream and has a synopsis for a five part mini-series entitled SPIN. While working on Teenage Paparazzo, John met Matthew Cooke, the producer/ editor of Deliver Us From Evil. John, Adrian and Matthew, collaborating under the J. Loar Productions, Inc. banner, will soon be housing on the UTA/Paramount lot, sharing space with writer, director, producer Steven Schneider of Paranormal Activity fame. Additionally, there will be some great partnering opportunities back and forth by working so closely together," says John. Adrian, Matthew and Steven are those types of people," John shared as he simultaneously scratched off and added items to his on-going list of tasks. Balancing his life between Northern and Southern California, John and his wife Monica live in Danville with their thirteen year-old daughter, MacKenzie, and fourteen year-old son, Connor. As hard as John works, he's a devoted husband and father. "Monica and I have actually been married (to each other) twice for a total of 17 years. Since I feel like I'm reinventing myself everyday in the business world maintaining a stable family is a huge priority," John says. John is optimistic that he'll have longevity in the movie business. I've learned that a project takes as long as it takes in Hollywood and you can't out-think yourself," he resolves. Making his mark in Hollywood is just the current task at hand for John Loar.

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John Loar
ABOUT JLOAR, INC JLoar, Inc provides corporate re-organization, market strategy, and mergers & acquisitions advisory and transaction services. As founder of JLoar, Inc, John Loar was chief facilitator in the purchase of the Seattle Seahawks, founded and managed Venture Builders venture capital firm, created RedBird Cinema with baseball manager Tony LaRussa and actors Kevin Pollak and Billy Bob Thornton, has handled corporate expansion into emerging markets for technology and industrial companies, and advised the investor group (that included sports agent Arn Tellem, attorney Ron Olson, and a group of hedge fund investors) in an attempt to acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. Loar is noted for his unique skill set at identifying how the puzzle pieces fit, facilitating a process, and delivering results in a discreet and professional manner, and for exceeding client expectations.

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Actor and producer Adrian Grenier, who brings his star power from the hit show "Entourage," attracted financier John Loar, founder of J. Loar, Inc. because of their mutual interest in film projects with a social conscience.Based in Danville, Calif., J. Loar, Inc. is an investment group comprised of partners John Loar and Tom Halbach.Loar has logged more than 20 years in senior management, with experience in business development, operations, venture funding, mergers/acquisitions and real estate."John Loar and I share the same values.When there is social good, as is the case on these two projects, then it's icing on the cake," said John Loar, Founder and President of J. Loar, Inc.Founded in 2005, J. Loar, Inc. is comprised of partners John Loar and Tom Halbach.Loar has logged more than 20 years in senior management, with extensive experience in business development, operations, venture funding, mergers/acquisitions and real estate.

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