One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for December 17, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
Yesterday my wife got to pick up my son Mack up from college at East Carolina University to bring him home for the Christmas Holidays. It made me reflect on how many other families are getting to experience the same thing. It didn’t seem too long ago that our son was going off to summer youth trips with other similar aged friends.
(l-r) Bradley Burnette, Maddie Britt, Hayden Martin, Youth Group Chaperone Joe Terranova, Colby Johnson, and Mack Kenney.
College aged children coming home after being away for an extended period of time is something that makes parents happy and brightens the home for the holidays.
We are friends with Colby Johnson’s family and Colby is a second year college student at UNC Chapel Hill who is home on his winter break. He like our son is the youngest in his family and I know his dad like me is happy to see him back in Lumberton, NC for a little while.
Thomas Johnson is the vice president for Southeastern Health and serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the entire organization. As a nonprofit organization, Southeastern Health is operated by a local board of trustees whose mission is to provide quality health care for their community.
Thomas has an important role in making sure the business model for Southeastern is sustainable. That has been challenging thing to do over the past 5-10 years with the number of changes that have faced the medical field especially hospitals. Southeastern according to their 2014 fact book is responsible for 2328 jobs in our community. Southeastern in 2014 had operating expenses in excess of 250 million dollars. That is a lot to have to oversee and still have the organization stay true to its mission of being a non-profit looking to serve.
Thomas is a soft spoken leader. If you want validation on his ability as a leader and a dad then take a look at his three sons who all went on to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
Back Row-Jennings Johnson-Brad Losch-Chase Johnson and Front Row-Colby Johnson
My hope for Thomas is that he can spend some time away from work over the holidays and enjoy time with his wife Michelle and three sons Jennings, Chase, and Colby.
Thomas Johnson’s family (l-r) Jennings, Thomas, Michelle, Colby, and Chase.
The Friend-THOMAS JOHNSON with son Colby
The Friend of the Friend-CHASE JOHNSON
The up and coming leader
Chase Johnson is a recent UNC Pembroke graduate that has a lot of people at the university impressed with his future. So impressed in fact the university did a profile video on his success as a recent graduate of the School of Business.
The video is below
Chase is also drawing rave reviews from the leaders he works with at Contempora Fabrics in Lumberton, NC. Chase has been hired to work on sales and the leaders he works with like Ron Roach, Carey Read, and Alex Whitley all see a bright future for him.
Thomas Johnson does a great job for the Southeastern Health but if you really want to measure his worth as a leader spend some time with his family including his son Chase.
Glad to have this family in the Lumberton, NC community.