BSMQ skilled migrant’s business ‘ModnPods’ soars during COVID-19 crisis

Throughout this adverse COVID-19 environment, Queensland state nominated skilled migrant from Texas, USA, John Christie, owner of eco-homes manufacturing business ‘ModnPods’ has seen an increase of enquiries for his pods by 40%.

Mr Christie has explained that the COVID-19 environment has promoted homeowners to start thinking about additional income sources and/or how they could provide a separate space to support returning family members.

Mr Christie says: ‘Backyard modular pods are much more efficient because they are far less costly than adding onto a home, and the approval process is much easier, as this is managed by Modnpods’.

Mr Christie has a very unique migration history, having served in the United States Navy as a Search and Rescue Operator for six years prior to undertaking an MBA at Bond University on the Gold Coast.

When he started his MBA, John Christie felt the same passion for business he had for the military but in a more entrepreneurial way. He realised the market needed a solution for affordable eco-homes and launched ModnPods.

The first pod was built in 2016, and in 2019, ModnPods was selected in the Pitch@Palace competition as Queensland’s top 8 businesses and went to the finals in Perth, where it was placed top 12, which led to some fantastic growth opportunities.

ModnPods then partnered up with Base Haus in mid-2019, a commercial building company that designed and built the world’s first building to meet the standards of Green Star, Passive House, and the Well Building Standard.

The focus in 2020 is now on residential high-end, affordable prefab modular units – whether it’s one unit for a home, multi-unit for a caravan park or a tiny home development.

All ModnPods units are built on the Gold Coast with all Australian products.

John Christie is a great example of a skilled migrant success story in Queensland.