Meet our friendly, Midwestern Vice President of Operations John Burnett. This Arkansas native has been on the move for years now, traveling to Holland, Germany, Ireland, and Brazil before heading back to the U.S. to try out Seattle, San Francisco, and now Miami Beach. He’s a huge Formula 1 and Motorcycle Grand Prix fan and when he’s not at Freehand Miami, he’s usually out in the sun riding his motorcycle, kite surfing, or hanging out with his kids. We pulled him aside for a quick chat to get to know him a little better.
Freehand Miami: In a nutshell, what does being the VP of Operations entail?
John Burnett: What doesn’t it entail? In a nutshell, I am responsible for all operations and the overall performance of Freehand properties.
FH: What sparked your passion for hostels and travel?
JB: I worked in a hostel during school and I loved the social environment. It is a great stage for people from around the world to interact, have fun, learn, and gain a greater respect for one another.
FH: What sets Freehand Miami apart from the other hostels you know?
JB: I would say spirit…both the property and the staff have such great spirit and energy!
FH: What are your favorite ways to do to explore a new city?
JB: I try to find out what the locals find amazing about a city and go from there.
FH: How did you get into car and motorcycle racing? Who are your favorite drivers?
JB: Living in Europe and Brazil. F1 and Moto GP are huge basically everywhere but the US. I was hooked from the first race. My favorite drivers are Fernando Alonso and Jorge Lorenzo.
FH: Where are your favorite places to kitesurf in Miami?
JB: 25th and the beach!
FH: If you could hang out with anyone, alive or dead, real or imaginary at the Broken Shaker, who would it be?
JB: My wife and two kids, playing giant Jenga.