Distinguished Alumni Awards

Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

Jim Johnson, Jr. (85C)

Jim Johnson Jr.Jim Johnson, Jr. (85C), President of Progress Container & Display in Winder, Ga., began his career at the company as a salesman and then moved up to the role of vice-president of operations. During that time, he changed the business from a small company into a state of the art manufacturing facility that has consistently outperformed the overall market by a wide margin. As president of the company, he created strategic partnerships that opened up opportunities and expanded the company’s reach to create one of the best supply chains in the industry. The company saw 15% growth for 2015, while the 2016 fiscal year ended with 23% growth and $37,500,000 in sales.

He is a past recipient of the TiE Atlanta Top Entrepreneurs Award, which is based on company growth, profitability, sustainability, strategy for success, management style, innovation and culture. His company sponsors many charitable organizations in his community, including a classroom at Rainbow Village in Duluth, Ga., which provides housing and educational opportunities for homeless families. Jim, along with his family and company, endowed the Dr. Janna S. Johnson Gate of Opportunity Scholarship at Berry in 2015.