A first-generation American, John Kovacs was born in Newark, New Jersey, where he grew up, learned the value of hard work, and gained a deep respect for our nation and its founding. His father immigrated to the United States in 1956 following the Hungarian Revolution against communism. He later met John’s mother, and the two of them started a family.
Growing up in Piscataway, John excelled in both academics and athletics. He would go on to attend The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, where he wrestled, boxed, and played football. John earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the Citadel in 1988.
Degree in hand, John began his civil engineering career at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Just one year later, John served as President of the Engineering Advisory Group, where he worked on both the 51st and 72nd floors of the former One World Trade Center Building in Lower Manhattan. He would work on and oversee projects such as the Port Authority Trans Hudson Railroad, the George Washington Bridge, and the Holland Tunnel, among numerous others.
In 1990, while a member of the Piscataway Township Republicans, John was elected to serve on the Piscataway Township Board of Education. He ran on a platform to restore a basic curriculum so that kids could be better prepared for secondary education and to enter a competitive workforce.
Also in 1990, John opened his own construction company, Diamond Construction, growing it into a successful, multi-state, award-winning enterprise. John and his family moved to Henderson, Nevada, in 2015 where, the following year, he opened Silver State Construction, followed by NVNJ Construction Group. He is a licensed member of the Nevada State Contractors Board and has performed construction projects throughout the state. He is also a member of the Associated General Contractors of Nevada, the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 825.
Throughout his career, John has generated over $100 million in revenue and employed hundreds of workers. He was ultimately selected as a national finalist for Equipment World’s Contractor of the Year in 2019.
John has four children: Cristina, Johnny, Christopher, and Crue. His wife’s name is Danielle. They attend St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Henderson.