John D. Labriola


Kiawah has been a major part of our family’s life for many years, both as a vacation destination and living here as permanent residents. My wife Ardath and I purchased our property in 1997, and it has become a special place for us. We feel very fortunate to be a part of a community where so many people are committed to the beauty and security of the environment.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from West Virginia University and an MBA from the University of Detroit. After 40 years of employment at William Beaumont Hospital, I retired in May of 2010 as the CEO of the Beaumont, Royal Oak Hospital, a 1,061 bed Academic Medical Center.

We moved to Kiawah from Michigan and became full-time residents in the spring of 2010. We lived in a villa at Parkside until our home on Bluebill Court was completed in September of 2011. Our two daughters and four grandchildren often come to enjoy the Island.

In 2010 I began my volunteer work on Kiawah joining the Town’s Arts Council.  I was elected as a member of Town Council in 2012 and served for two terms as the Mayor Pro Tem. until 2016.

I served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, a Catholic University sponsored by the Dominican Sisters from 2009 to 2015. In 2015 I joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Health Care Management Program at Siena Heights. I was also a volunteer and member of the Board of Trustees of Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach on Johns Island from 2011 to 2016.

The community we live in is a unique and special place for all of us. It is a privilege for me to serve as Mayor for the Town of Kiawah Island.