Rick Johnson is president and CEO of Johnson Ventures, Inc. in Columbus, Indiana. Johnson Ventures is an operating and investment company which specializes in niche opportunities to grow and add value to marketing and distribution organizations. Current operating companies include Johnson Agricultural, Lenny’s Franchise Systems, and Black Jewell Popcorn. Prior companies owned include Johnson Oil Company, Central Restaurant Products, Indiana Limestone Company, Johnson Construction Materials, and Stone Center of Indiana.
Rick actively works to add value to community organizations as well and currently supports Indiana University through board and advisory service on the IU Foundation, the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Kelley School of Business, and IUPUC. Rick was also instrumental in the work to establish the new J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program in Columbus as part of the IU School of Art, Architecture + Design.
Current community and business boards include the Community Education Coalition, Columbus Economic Development Board, Envision Columbus, Exhibit Columbus, The Nature Conservancy, Wild Birds Unlimited, Velocities, and the Indiana Economic Development Board.
Rick earned his bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship and marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in 1981.
Rick and his wife Alice reside in Columbus, Indiana. They have two children (Annie and Ricky) who are both "Kelley" kids!