It’s with a heavy heart that the Frisco EDC shares that John Bonnot passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 8. His beloved family was by his side.
John left an incredible example of a life guided by a servant heart, not just in the City of Frisco but also for thousands of people and businesses across Texas. John served the economic development profession diligently for more than 30 years in areas such as Jackson County, Temple, Coppell, Irving-Las Colinas, and ultimately, in Frisco for the last 7 years.
John was known for his exemplary character and extraordinary work ethic. He wasn’t afraid to work weekends or late nights to get the job done. Deadlines were never missed. He was a genuine public servant who always sought to please others and exceed their expectations by delivering the highest levels of customer service. He was a consummate salesman and project manager par excellence. He was warm, friendly, and persuasive, but also good with numbers and details.
In Frisco, John helped dozens of new business prospects to create thousands of jobs, occupy more than a million square feet of real estate, and add millions of dollars to the Frisco tax rolls. John played a key role in Frisco’s attraction of major projects such as: Keurig Dr Pepper, Altair Global, Magellan Health, Wiley X, esrp, and played a supporting role in projects like PGA as well. He helped many real estate developments to grow including Hall Park, The Star, Frisco Station, and others.
John prioritized deep and long-lasting relationships with clients, real estate brokers and site selectors -- ensuring they always had the latest and greatest information about Frisco. And they often sought him out for his knowledge. John mentored many professionals in economic development, helping to shape their careers and change their lives
His persistent smile and optimism brightened any room. You could often hear John whistling around the office. And if Starbucks had a jingle, John would whistle it for sure.
Perhaps most importantly, John lived his faith and he wore it proudly. No doubt about that.
We were fortunate to be John’s work family, as were many of you. John’s joy and zest for life touched all who knew him. He could often be heard whistling throughout the Frisco EDC offices, which always brought a smile to his coworkers. John’s love of his family including his wife Penny, his sons and daughters in law and grandchildren, was evident to everyone. John will be dearly missed by his family, friends, coworkers and all who had the honor to know him.