About Rick Johnson, Ph.D.
As the founder of CEO Strategist and as a veteran of the wholesale distribution industry with more than 30 years of executive management experience, Rick Johnson knows exactly what it takes to create leaders within a company, and how to maximize every sale to its full potential.
Through his on-site speaking engagements he can educate and train your team to succeed. As an executive coach he'll help you develop the skills you need to take your business to the next level. And he'll work closely with you and your leadership team for maximum results in the shortest time possible.
Dr. Rick Johnson knows a little about success. Starting out on the ground floor, Rick spent the first 10 years of his career employed by the largest steel distributor in the world. Then challenging himself to take what he had learned and forge a venture of his own, he built a $25 million wholesale distribution business in less than 10 years (before earning a college education!). Deciding to succeed on the industrial front lines and in the classroom, Rick went after his bachelor’s degree at 40, his MBA at 50, and his Ph.D. in Business Strategy at 58.
After selling his business, he decided to share his success secrets by taking the helm of troubled businesses as a “turnaround” expert. He helped set new directions for companies with revenue from $50 to $400 million, leading them from loss to profit. More recently, Rick has brought his expertise to the business consultant arena, where he utilizes his unique formulas for making businesses profitable.
With his significant real-world experience and impressive academic credentials, today Rick travels the United States speaking to CEOs, business leaders, and employees about how to increase their bottom line.
His down-to-earth presentations of key business principles help companies succeed as total solution providers. His keynote speeches and popular workshops focus on strategic leadership, sales effectiveness and the power of unlocking employee potential, all the while imparting rubber-meets-the-road leadership skills 35 years in business have taught him.
Rick has become the “go to” guy for maximizing profits because he’s been there, done it all, from the mailroom to the boardroom, and has the experience and the knowledge to prove it. Call Rick to learn more or arrange to have him speak to your company, click here.