Ten years ago, when Tom Johnson first decided to take a job at the Edison Institute in Dayton, Ohio, he didn’t know what to expect.
Johnson, who worked as a project manager, was just a student at Dayton’s Edison Technical School and didn’t have any previous experience in engineering.
But as a recent graduate of Edison, he knew that he could do great things at the institute.
“I’m excited to be working with them,” he says.
But it was only a matter of time before Johnson found himself with a career path that led to a position in a big corporate company.
“The thing I was interested in most was making money, and I didn’t want to be a software engineer or a developer,” Johnson says.
After graduating, Johnson worked as an architect and software engineer for a company that built a massive warehouse in Ohio.
But he was soon on his own, and he was faced with a tough decision: take a high-paying job in a company or pursue a career that would be a long-term dream for him.
“There were a lot of other options for me,” Johnson recalls.
“At the end of the day, I decided I wanted to do it for my kids.”
Johnson, now 26, was able to earn enough money to support his family and support his wife and four kids, but he didn’s want to work for companies that would not support their family.
“If I wasn’t going to do something for my families, I would be stuck doing nothing for a living,” he explains.
“It was hard to think about, but I thought if I was going to take this job, then it was my obligation to them.”
Johnson is now a senior software engineer at a large software company in New York City.
But when Johnson was younger, he never really had much experience in the corporate world.
“A lot of the people I worked with at the company were really good at technology and engineering, and it was hard for me to be in a position where I had to go into something that wasn’t something that I really cared about,” he recalls.
Johnson found his niche when he got a job with a major hardware manufacturer in Dallas, which has an international presence and was looking for a new software engineer.
He worked with the company for four years, eventually earning enough money and becoming a software developer at his company.
But Johnson’s biggest success was the development of the software that would eventually lead to a global company that has a $100 billion business.
Johnson started at Edison after graduating from Edison, and in 2002, he left to become the company’s senior software architect.
“He was just the kind of person that made you want to take your own career and do something different,” says Steve Miller, who was Johnson’s mentor at Edison and now works at an engineering consulting firm in Chicago.
“We knew that we had a talent for engineering that wasn.t quite what he was,” says Miller.
Johnson is the founder and chief executive officer of Tennessee Technical Schools, a private school in the suburbs of Dallas.
The school provides students with a technical education and apprenticeship program, and they often work as contractors or as engineers.
“They’re not just engineering students, they’re a mix of all kinds of careers that we think would benefit our students and our community,” says Mike Ebert, the school’s president and CEO.
Johnson was the kind that was interested.
He was the type that wanted to learn something different, a different career path.
“In a lot, a lot more people had a chance to make a change,” Ebert says.
“People who had a vision for their future were willing to do that.
“Tom wanted to build something that he believed in. “
When he came here, he was a little bit like a kid in a candy store,” says Ebert.
“Tom wanted to build something that he believed in.
He wanted to be an entrepreneur.”
Johnson has a passion for making people feel valued, Ebert points out.
“You know what, he has a huge passion for this business and he’s always been really motivated,” he adds.
“That was his big drive.”
But while Johnson’s passion for his career path is clear, there’s more to it than just being motivated to succeed in business.
“As you grow in this job and as you’re working toward your degree, Tom wanted to get a better understanding of how it would be done and what it would take to be successful in this particular role,” Eberts says.
Johnson and Miller were able to bring their passion to the job, and the two men have built a partnership that is currently growing.
Tennesse is now the fastest-growing software company and is known for creating some of the most popular products on the web.
Miller says the partnership has allowed him to see the big picture.
“And we’re still seeing the same vision we