In addition to being one of The Cousins on HGTV, John Colaneri stands out as a dynamic business maven in his own right. You've already seen the New Jersey native beef up and bolster homes across the U.S. with his cousin and best bud Anthony Carrino on their multiple hit shows as well as starring in the online series Chill & Grill on ULive.com and AOL's MANuscript. John's journey has seen him build an extraordinary professional acumen along the way.
Graduating from Penn State in 2003, he immediately entered the corporate world at Fortune 500 company Fisher Scientific. Within a year, he joined international entity Faital S.P.A. as the United States Operation Manager. From spearheading organization to accounting, he proved instrumental to this OEM speaker manufacturer. John worked for his family construction business starting in 2007 as a senior project manager managing projects that would range from $2 million-$7 million.
HGTV came calling in 2011 and offered The Cousins their first show. Over the course of Kitchen Cousins, Cousins On Call, and Cousins Undercover, this powerful and precise pair saved countless homes with John remaining instrumental to the vision. They moved into the online realm with the funny and fiery cooking show Chill & Grill and a guide to being a guy—MANuscript. In 2015 the duo debuted their much-anticipated show, America's Most Desperate Kitchens. Along the way, they became regular special guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Rachael Ray Show. This led to their most recent project, an original new ellentube series, Grand Design where they surprised viewers by re-creating a room for 1,000 dollars! Season 2 of the hit digital show will launch later this year.
In Fall 2018 The Cousins are excited for the launch of their first children’s book What Can You Do With A Toolbox. The book is being published by Simon and Schuster and illustrated by Maple Lam. The Cousins are depicted as themselves in the book and hope this will be the first of series to follow.
Beyond these endeavors, John is a highly devoted family man. He and his wife Jennifer welcomed their first child Lilyan Belle in December 2014. A lifelong fitness enthusiast, he also hosts his own exercise and wellness channel on YouTube, Colaneri Extreme Fitness. You can also check out his personal design business on johncolaneri.com.