John Johnson

I grew up in Brooklyn, attending PS 169 and then Pershing Junior High School, PS 220. I had a three-year hiatus from Brooklyn, when my father had to move the family to Frederick, MD. His company, as it would turn out, was building the first germ warfare facility in the US at Camp Dietrich, and all staff had to move their families there. He died of ALS and there were suspicions that it could have been caused by his exposures in Frederick.
When I returned to Brooklyn, I was in the 7th grade. I found that the girl I had liked in the fourth grade was in Special Progress (SP), doing 7th/8th grades in a year. That was the end of that. I put my nose to the grindstone, got good grades, and was accepted at Tech.
At Tech I was in College Prep and played basketball. When it was time to graduate, I thought I wanted to be a dentist. I ended up at Tufts. Why? Because they had a dental school, duh!
After Tufts I returned to Brooklyn, got married, and attended Columbia Business School, receiving an MBA in Industrial Relations. My new wife and I then relocated to Detroit where I had a job with the Ford Motor Company. That led to jobs with General Electric in Chicago and Louisville, Kentucky.
In 1976 I went into the executive search business with Lamalie Associates. I spent the next 37 years recruiting senior executives primarily for large multi-national industrial companies. I was lucky to become CEO of Lamalie and Chairman of our International Partnership, Amrop International. I also spent 10 years with Korn Ferry International. Over the course of those years, I met many Brooklyn Tech alumni in the recruiting process, both as clients and as candidates. I retired in 2013.
Since 2013 my wife Jinny and I have been in Naples, FL. Our two daughters reside in Ohio and Illinois and our granddaughters have graduated from Tufts, Caltech and NYU. Between golf, travel, fishing and photography, I keep myself busy. Through my photography, I met another BTHS grad, Arthur Morris ‘61, one of the foremost wildlife photographers. He has traveled the world for in his photographic efforts and I have taken photography trips that Arthur has arranged to the Galapagos and Finland. Small world! We both grew up in Brooklyn, went to BTHS, and drove for the same cab company.
Life is good!