John & the late Bram Beekman's first success came back in 1970 when they broke away from their father's painting business to start their own painting company. In 1980, they sold their business which at that point was among the top 5 in the country. The brothers then moved to Durban where they diversified and entered the timeshare industry and in 1981 officially launched the Beekman Group which has grown to become the biggest timeshare club in Africa. John is the Managing Director of the Group and his strengths are in property development, conceptualization and relationship building. He is an avid golfer and devotes a lot of his spare time to the Port Shepstone Country Club.