Jessica A. Johnson


Jessica A. Johnson
Johnson Security Bureau Inc.
Bronx, N.Y.
Age: 39

When her father became ill in 2008, Jessica A. Johnson stepped in to lead Johnson Security Bureau Inc. Located in the Bronx, N.Y., the firm is a third-generation family-owned provider of security guard services. As president, Johnson supervises its daily operations. She negotiates contracts with clients, ensures regulatory and legal compliance and maintains relationships with accountants, attorneys and other professional service providers. Under her leadership and that of her brother Charles, another principal, the company nearly doubled its revenue and number of employees in 2010 and 2011.


Representing her company at business, government and community events is a role she is honored to play. “I am a small-business advocate with a passion for helping women and minority-owned businesses grow,” says Johnson.


A member of Women Impacting Public Policy, and other civic organizations, Johnson speaks at various forums on business development and entrepreneurship. She is a board member of the Business Initiative Corporation of New York and advises college students in her community. In 2011, Johnson Security received a “Small Business to Watch” award from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.


In addition to a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Chicago’s Northwestern University, Johnson earned a master’s in market research from the University of Georgia. Prior to the family business, she spent several years in pharmaceutical sales. She was assigned to territories throughout the New York City area and in Texas, where she increased sales and trained new colleagues. Johnson began her career as an IBM sales representative in Chicago, promoting the company’s software and services to businesses in the Midwest. She believes that success is meant to be shared and tries to take every opportunity to do so. “I describe myself as a reformed engineer who gets excited about how STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs will impact the future,” says Johnson.