Award Spotlight: Jim Johnson Jr.


Note: Jim Johnson was the 2017 recipient of the Berry Alumni Association’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. The profile below originally was published in the fall 2017 issue of Berry magazine.

Jim JohnsonJim Johnson Jr. (85C), president of Progress Container and Display in Winder, Ga., began his career there as a salesman and then rose to the position of vice president of operations. In that role, he transformed the small company into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that has consistently outperformed the overall market by a wide margin. 

As president, Johnson has created strategic partnerships that have opened up opportunities and expanded the company’s reach to create one of the best supply chains in the industry. Under his leadership, the company saw 15 percent growth in 2015 and ended the 2016 fiscal year with 23 percent growth and $37.5 million in sales. 

Johnson is a past honoree of TiE Atlanta’s Top Entrepreneurs Awards, which are based on company growth, profitability, sustainability, strategy for success, management style, innovation and culture. His company is active in community service and sponsors a classroom at Rainbow Village in Duluth, Ga., which provides homeless families with housing and educational opportunities. With his company and family, Johnson endowed the Dr. Janna S. Johnson (81C) Gate of Opportunity Scholarship at Berry in honor of his sister. 

Johnson on Berry: “My time at Berry really opened my eyes to opportunities in the business world and the great people out there who are really motivated and passionate about what they do. It was just the perfect place for me.”