Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Title: Lumber Company Executive, Retired

Location: Charlotte, Michigan, United States

Richard Johnson, Retired Lumber Company Executive, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership.

Mr. Johnson was first interested in engineering and his family history also helped inform his career decision. In 1909, his grandfather started a lumber business called L.L. Johnson’s Lumber and passed that company down to his kin. Mr. Johnson is the third generation of his family to take the reigns of the business, entering it with his own dad. Though young when he started, he was able to make a great contribution to the family business by getting his electrical license and as a result, he was able to see that the electricity in the plant was not good because it was outdated. However, since Mr. Johnson had received his electrical engineer license, he was able to work with maintenance and bring the plant up to code, ensuring a safer and more efficient work environment. Mr. Johnson ended up taking over the family business and was able to make it successful with L.L. Johnson Lumber becoming the premier pioneer in their field. The 4-generation company is still in existence after 109 years with the help of his children.

Mr. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science in business from Ferris University in 1952, which has also aided in his professional development. He became the president of the family business in 1970 and remained committed to its success at every point. He served as the Chairman of the Board from 1980 to 1996. In addition to these roles, Mr. Johnson has been involved with his community. He has been a member of the Charlotte Planning Commission since 1968 and served as a member of the Charlotte City Council from 1964 to 1967. In recognition of his contributions, he was named Charlotte’s Outstanding Young Man by Jaycees in 1962. He has also received a Distinguished Service Award from the Rotary Club and the Charlotte Community Cornerstone Award in 1995.

Throughout his career, Mr. Johnson has been very proud of his wife, Donna, who was a very active source in their community, and she received awards for her volunteer work. She was able to put up a welcome sign, as people would enter Charlotte, Michigan. They were married for 66 years. Mr. Johnson was also very proud that he received his electrical license and he was able to go into business with his father. After making L.L. Johnson a success, in 1975 they opened their first retail store, called Johnson’s Workbench. Furthermore, Mr. Johnson is proud of being a pioneer in the use of the guideline light and for also creating the 40 foot round table for sorting lumber.

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