John P.Garrett grew up in north Austin and graduated from Pflugerville High School in 1993. John graduated Cum Laude from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Radio and Television. While at Sam Houston, he was awarded the Creager Award – given to the male student who contributes the most to overall student life. After graduation, he moved to Houston and began his career at the Houston Chronicle. He married his wife Jennifer, also a PHS and SHSU graduate, in 1999, and they moved to Round Rock to be closer to family in 2001. John became the advertising director at the Austin Business Journal in 2002 where he helped turn the struggling publication into one of the top performing Business Journals in a chain of 41.
While at the Business Journal, John noticed a lot of development activity in Round Rock and Pflugerville was going largely unnoticed in the media. He felt the average citizen and business owner would appreciate a newspaper that focused on business and development activity at the hyper-local level. After finding research that showed that 70% – 80% of the residents in Central Texas did not subscribe to a newspaper, he determined that he would create a monthly publication with free distribution to all and would be delivered through the mail. In September 2005, Community Impact Newspaper was launched in Round Rock and Pflugerville.
After an overwhelming positive reception of the newspaper and its concept, a second edition was launched in April, 2006 in Cedar Park and Leander and new editions have been added about every six months.
There are now more than 12 Community Impact Newspapers in Texas which are delivered to over 750,000 addresses. In 2010, Inc. Magazine named Community Impact Newspaper the fastest growing media company in Texas.
John and Jennifer have three daughters and live in Round Rock. They are active members of Hill Country Bible Church Pflugerville . He also serves as a board member for the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce and is President of the Round Rock Area Serving Center Board of Directors. John was the 2010 Concordia Texas University Excellence in Leadership Honoree and named the 2010 Sam Houston State University Distinguished Young Alumnus.