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John Imes

John Imes
Arbor House

3402 Monroe St. Madison
Madison, WI 53711


Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Business Management and Administration
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Hospitality and Tourism

John Imes is co-owner of Arbor House, a national award-winning inn and model for sustainable tourism located in Madison, Wisconsin. John is also a former Chairman of the Board and co-founder of Wisconsin Environmental Initiative (WEI), and became its Executive Director in 1998. WEI works to improve the environment, economy, and quality of Wisconsin through initiatives that promote responsible business practices, sound environmental policy, green building and water stewardship. WEI has held many forums over the years covering diverse topics such as: Wisconsin Green & Growing, Green Tier Advantage, Bio-economy, Green Jobs in the New Europe, Quality Urban Development, Energy Policy, and Profit-Driven Environmental Management. Among WEI’s most successful programs/partnerships include Green Built Home, Travel Green Wisconsin, and WEI’s newest initiatives: Main Street Green and Clean Clear Waters. Previously, John was the Environmental Manager for Quad/Graphics, a company long known for its environmental stewardship and social responsibility, garnering a long list of local, state and national honors. John currently serves as an elected board trustee for the Village of Shorewood Hills and has served in many appointments as an advisor to national, state and local initiatives over the years. John is also a graduate of MATC and Carroll College.

As a small business owner and nonprofit leader, John Imes walks the talk when it comes to providing the art of hospitality while showcasing a model for sustainable business. John is co-owner of Arbor House, an award-winning environmentally conscious Bed and Breakfast in Madison, Wis. For more than 20 years, the inn has stood as a model for sustainable tourism. But as John will explain the operation also has served as a “scratch test” for the development of other sustainable business programs and outlets for many kinds of careers in green business. (Running Time 23:41)