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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Business Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Carribean
Favorite Quote:
You Can Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
6/17/1935
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Business Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Carribean
Favorite Quote:
You Can Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
6/17/1935
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Robert "Bob" Johnson, born June 17, 1935, in Chicago, was the older of two children born to Gladys and Robert. Johnson attended Roosevelt University in Chicago, earning a B.S. in sociology in 1958.

Following graduation, Johnson went on to work at the Chicago Housing Authority as a community relations aide. In 1965, he was hired at Sears Roebuck & Company, and rose to the position of vice president of specialty sales. In 1988, Johnson and his daughter partnered to form Bagcraft Corporation of America, a flexible packaging manufacturer, created as part of an initiative by PepsiCo and Frito-Lay to encourage the creation of minority-owned businesses suppliers. In 1991, Johnson and business partner Tom Bryce formed Johnson Bryce, Inc., as part of that same PepsiCo initiative. Johnson currently serves as CEO and chairman of the company. In 1997, with revenues exceeding $25 million, Johnson Bryce, Inc., was named the Frito-Lay Flexible Packaging Supplier of the Year.

Johnson is also active with several organizations and universities. He is a trustee of LeMoyne Owen College and a member of the board of trustees of Clemson University's Packaging Science Department. He is a founding member of the Executive Leadership Council, a nonprofit corporation that provides a networking and leadership forum for African American executives. Johnson also serves on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Johnson and his wife, Rose, live near Chicago and have two daughters.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Robert Johnson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Robert Johnson talks about his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert Johnson describes his home life as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert Johnson describes his childhood personality and his mother, Gladys H. Johnson's work
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert Johnson talks about his father, Robert L. Johnson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert Johnson describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert Johnson describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert Johnson describes his grade school years at Willard Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert Johnson talks about his grade school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert Johnson remembers Mary Herrick, his teacher at DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois, pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert Johnson remembers Mary Herrick, his teacher at DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois, pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert Johnson remembers Mary Herrick, his teacher at DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois, pt.3
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert Johnson describes his childhood memories from the South Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert Johnson describes his experiences at Theodore Herzl Junior College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert Johnson compares the demographics of Theodore Herzl Junior College to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert Johnson talks about working in the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert Johnson talks about his experience of racial discrimination at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert Johnson explains his decision to leave the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert Johnson describes his decision to enroll at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert Johnson remembers being taught by anthropologist John Gibbs St. Clair Drake at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert Johnson talks about his interest in sociology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert Johnson talks about joining the U.S. Army in 1958
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robert Johnson describes working at the Chicago Housing Authority after leaving the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Robert Johnson talks about his role as assistant housing manager for the Chicago Housing Authority in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Robert Johnson explains how his position at the Chicago Housing Authority sparked his interest in business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert Johnson talks about business affairs at the Chicago Housing Authority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert Johnson talks about getting a job at Sears, Roebuck & Company, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert Johnson talks about getting a job at Sears, Roebuck & Company, pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert Johnson describes his first six weeks at a Sears, Roebuck & Company store on 63rd Street and Halsted Avenue in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert Johnson shares a memory of working in the toy department at Sears, Roebuck & Company during Christmas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robert Johnson recalls racial discrimination during his early years at Sears, Roebuck & Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robert Johnson describes the riots around Sears Roebuck & Company in Chicago, Illinois after the 1968 assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robert Johnson talks about racial discrimination in the corporate world
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robert Johnson talks about the beginning of the Executive Leadership Council
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robert Johnson describes the Executive Leadership Council
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Robert Johnson talks about the challenges of being an African American CEO
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Robert Johnson talks about HistoryMaker Richard Parsons
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Robert Johnson talks about challenges faced by African American executives in the corporate sector
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Robert Johnson talks about leaving Sears, Roebuck & Company to start his own business
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Robert Johnson reflects upon the permanency of racism in Corporate America
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Robert Johnson describes running his own company, Johnson Bryce, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Robert Johnson explains how he began Johnson Bryce, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Robert Johnson reflects on small business mergers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Robert Johnson describes the growth of Johnson Bryce Inc. and the importance of small businesses
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Robert Johnson shares his advice for small business owners
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Robert Johnson describes the greatest challenge he has faced with his company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Robert Johnson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Robert Johnson lists his favorites