Don Johnson has a diverse background in human resources, training, safety, sales, marketing, advertising, business development, management, safety, tribal government, social services and media.
Johnson is a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and a certified professional coach. He is also holds certifications in HR Management, Supervisory Management, and Training. In just two short years Johnson quickly became the resident expert for the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, while building an existing training program and establishing a new IIPP (Injury and Illness Prevention Plan) and safety culture throughout the Tribe’s 26 offices.
Johnson has experience in several industries including financial, print news media, cable television, Tribal government and social services. He has owned his own Advertising, Marketing and Sales company and has worked for corporate giants such as the Gannett and Knight-Ridder Corporations, as well as medium sized and small family-owned organizations. He has also worked in non-profit, not-for-profit, government institutions and private industry. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Elmira College in Elmira, New York but also believes that life-long learning is at the crux of every successful career.
He is a graduate of Leadership 2000 (San Diego) and Leadership Carson City and served on the marketing committee for Leadership Long Beach. He has attended corporate, private and university classes throughout his career in all areas of interest and believes we should never stop learning.
Johnson has also served as a board member in several different capacities during his career including Chambers of Commerce, Casa de Amparo (San Diego), CASA of Carson City and Charities Relief Foundation and served as president for two of the boards. He served on the judges panel for the National Newspaper Association of America’s Best in Advertising Contest and has been an advisor for Junior Achievement. He has been a guest trainer and speaker at colleges and public seminars and now freely shares his knowledge.
He believes our children are our future and that we must continue to build and support that foundation and uphold moral and ethical values.