Industry Pays Tribute to Don Johnson
Friends and colleagues gathered yesterday in Las Vegas at GlassBuild America to honor long-time Window & Door salesman Don Johnson, who is retiring. An industry veteran, Johnson attended his first glass show in 1969.
"The first time I saw Don in action was at the interGLASSmetal/Fenestration show in 1991," recalls Nicole Harris, publisher of Window & Door and Glass Magazine. "We were competitors back then, but what I saw holds true to this day: Don's a go-getter who gets results. He also
makes true friends of many of his advertisers. That's no small feat when you consider he's mostly calling about deadlines and money."
"I was lucky enough to start working with Don in the 1980s," says John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door. "Don's knowledge of the industry and the long-term relationships with so many people at the time were key to start up of Fenestration, the first North American magazine to focus on the window and door industry specifically."
When asked to share their thoughts about Johnson, clients overwhelmingly had positive things to say:
"Don worked hard to make it easy for us to be his customer," says Amber Ballard, media director, Perry Ballard Inc., St. Joseph, Mich. "I always
felt important to Don and to the magazine. I'll be missing his smile, his scooter jokes, his encouragement and mostly his advice and friendship."
"When I think of Don from a business perspective, the word 'mentor' comes along," says Matt Kottke, marketing support manager, Truth
Hardware, Owatonna, Minn. "This may seem like an odd label for a sales guy towards a client, however, that is what he was to me. Don became
someone who I call my friend, and that to me means the most. While I'm going to miss our visits during sales calls and at shows like this, the
time is well overdue for [Don] to enjoy more quality time with family and friends. [He's] certainly earned it, and deserves it."