“MANAGEYOURSTAFF” AUTHOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Don Johnson has a diverse background in human resources, training, safety, sales, marketing, advertising, business development, management, safety, tribal government, social services and media. He quickly became the resident expert for the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, while single-handedly establishing a training and staff development program and a new safety policy 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 now social services. He has owned his own Advertising, Marketing and Sales company and freely shares his knowledge.

Johnson has worked for corporate giants such as the Gannett Corporation and Knight-Ridder Corporation, as well as medium sized and small family-owned organizations. He has also worked in the non-profit and not-for-profit sectors. He also worked for and with government institutions and private industry. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Elmira College in Elmira, Ne20140904_084050[1]w York and a Masters in Business Advertising from San Jose State University’s School of Mass Communications and Journalism. He 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 invited as a guest trainer and speaker at colleges, public seminars and national conferences.

Johnson resides in Gardnerville, Nevada with his wife and three children. He believes our children are our future and that we must continue to build and support that foundation and uphold moral and ethical values. His nephew (he and his wife raised) served in the U.S. Navy as a Rescue Swimmer and now works with at risk youth in northern Nevada.

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