John D. Baines

John D. Baines

John D. Baines

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Show Date: February 28th, 2018

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John D. Baines
President and CEO
Baines Pastureland company


John Delavan Baines has been a licensed real estate broker since 1972. His knowledge, experience and expertise in matching buyers with properties that are perfectly suited to their needs has resulted in hundreds of successful transactions in the San Antonio area and throughout Central & South Texas. John has won the trust and respect of both corporate and individual clients due to his integrity, professionalism, and most importantly his ability to keep the client’s business dealings in the strictest of confidence.

During the “real estate depression” of the late 80’s and early 90’s, John’s resourcefulness resulted in his becoming the exclusive agent for Caesars World Resorts, a subsidiary of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. His consulting responsibilities were to review and recommend gaming destination resort opportunities in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. When the dust settled and the real estate market recovered, John returned to Texas and brokered some of the more notable land transactions in San Antonio’s history.

Being involved in the community as both a civic and business leader is very important to John. He was a co-founder of the Real Estate Round Table and the Independent Commercial Brokers Association.

He serves, or has served, as a board member or a member in good standing of the San Antonio Livestock Association, San Antonio Real Estate Council, San Antonio Riverwalk Commission, Texas Alliance of Land Brokers, Texas Ranger Association Foundation, Texas Trophy Hunters Association, Texas Wildlife Association, National Rifle Association, ….

…. Vietnam Veterans Memorial of San Antonio, United States Navy Memorial, Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial, CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Republic of Texas, Texas First Families, Sons of Confederate Veterans, John Birch Society, The University of Texas at Austin Ex-Students Association, the Longhorn Foundation, San Antonio Museum Association, Friends of the McNay Art Museum, and the Business Committee for the Arts. At age 30, John was named an “Outstanding Young Texan” by Who’s Who in Texas Business.

In addition to four decades of experience in real estate brokerage, development and investments, John was the Chairman and CEO of Million Air and Summa Aviation – the premiere fixed-base operations for privately owned aircraft at the San Antonio International Airport.

John has also served his country well. He completed tours of duty with the US Navy Seabees and a STAT team unit in Viet Nam, Micronesia and the Trust Territories. On February 17, 1969 Texas Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes addressed a joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives to introduce a Senate Resolution recognizing John for his distinguished service in Vietnam. John and his mother, who also attended the ceremony, received a standing ovation.

On a crisp November morning in 1981 President Ronald Reagan greeted John and a small contingent of Vietnam veterans at a White House ceremony to announce the President’s newly created Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program. John served as a chairman of the “VVLP” from 1981 to 1984. The following year he became Founder and Chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial of San Antonio and was made an honorary director of the National Association of Vietnam Veterans. During President George H.W. Bush’s administration, John was nominated for an Assistant Secretary of the Navy post. After having been passed over in the final selection process, John said…“The more qualified man got the job. However, I am extremely proud to have been considered and it is an honor to have gone through the White House interview process.”

On September 2, 1988 John was an honored guest at The Commandant’s House, Headquarters United States Marine Corps, Washington D.C. A quote from a subsequent letter from the Commandant…”John, the dedication of San Antonio’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial was a great day for Vietnam veterans and for America. Your dedicated professionalism and superior leadership made all this happen. Your inspiring effort has earned the deepest respect of your Marine Corps, of your Navy, of all the armed forces and from a grateful nation. Semper Fi – Al Gray, 29th Commandant.”

In 1992 he received the JC Penny Golden Rule Award as San Antonio’s Outstanding Volunteer for his work on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He was featured in the U.S. News & World Report article “Eight Viet Vets Who Came Out Winners.” John’s veterans related accomplishments have also been featured in Newsweek, Texas Monthly magazine, Texas Highways magazine, Stars and Stripes, Navy Times, Marines magazine, Leatherneck magazine, Military Times, The Retired Officer Magazine and Soldier of Fortune.

About the author:

I took early retirement in 1995 from Kodak and I have been in the real estate business since then. During my Kodak career my family lived in six states and we owned thirteen homes. I held positions as Food Trade Manager, Attractions Manager for Florida, Director of Sales Promotion, National Account Manager to HEB Grocery Company and National Sales Manager – US Military – Worldwide. In the twelve years since I retired from Kodak, I’ve been in the real estate business. My entry into the business was through two major agencies; one a local upscale boutique company and the other a very large local operation of a national franchise. I found both (plus most others in the business) to be more oriented towards gross sales and less towards taking care of the needs of the consumer. As a result, I formed my own company. I have three agents besides myself in the company and two staff personnel. Approximately ninety percent of our business comes from direct referrals plus we represent all of the relocating employees for three corporations. Each week I host the area real estate show, Real Estate Focus, on NewsTalk 930 KLUP, Saturdays at 11:00am. The show also streams live on my web site , and on In addition, Bjorn Dybdahl, owner of Bjorn’s Home Entertainment, and I host the San Antonio Movers and Shakers Show that airs at 10:00 am each Saturday from the same station and web sites. The real estate show deals with area real estate information and the SA Movers and Shakers show honors the education, business, civic, and public leaders who keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive in our city.

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