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Executive Search

“Chloe Johnson, Johnson & Associates, conducted the executive search that brought me from Illinois to Texas. What began as a profession search relationship has grown into an economic development partnership. Exceeding Expectations? Count on it!”
Warren Ketteman, Former Executive Director, Alice-Jim Wells County Economic Development Corporation
“It’s been a long time since going through your process in Commerce that got me my first City Manager job. I still remember your process well and think it is one of the best I’ve been through. I am now in my third City Manager job and have interviewed for a least a half dozen more, so I can say this from some experience.”
Bill Shipp, City Manager, City of Bonham, Texas
“Our long term success is a direct result of enlisting the assistance of J&A in our search efforts, Chloe. Your concepts in selecting outstanding candidates for review by our Katy Area Economic Development Corporation’s Selection Committee made the process very effective. Best wishes for continued success.”
Stan Stanley, KAEDC Board Member, Stanley Signature Signs
“I have known Chloe and J&A for over 20 years. They have placed me twice, once in my first economic development job and in Katy, where I have been for the last five + years. J&A does a fair, thorough, and great job placing qualified candidates. Their process and methodology creates the opportunity for a “win-win” situation for the candidate and the community.”
Lance LaCour, President & CEO, Katy Area Economic Development Corporation, Katy, Texas
“We engaged Johnson & Associates to lead our search for a new President/CEO of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce. We had previously attempted to conduct a search without outside assistance and found we were unable to attract the caliber of candidates that we desired. Susi and Chloe listened to what we needed, identified excellent candidates, and guided our committee throughout the search process. In the end, we were able to select an individual who we are confident is exactly what we needed for the President/CEO position.”
Kim Clarkson, 2017 Board President, Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce
“When I decided a few years ago to move on from my position in Kansas City as editor-in-chief of Expansion Management magazine and return back home to Texas, the first person I contacted was Chloe Johnson. No one does a better job of locating and placing economic development talent for Texas communities than does Johnson & Associates. Her extensive list of contacts extend throughout the United States and her reputation for professionalism make her someone people instinctively trust, whether they are an economic professional looking for a new challenge or represent a community looking for an economic development professional who will take them to the next level. Her goal is always to find the best match between talent and opportunity and she has over 25 years of successful experience in delivering on that promise. If you are an economic development professional, or a community looking for an economic development professional, Chloe Johnson is the first person you need to talk to.”
Bill King, President & CEO, Nacogdoches EDC ~ Home of Stephen F Austin University
“My placement with East Montgomery County Improvement District was a seamless transition. Chloe and her staff did an excellent job of insuring a proper match on ideology and management styles between myself and the board was in place prior to our discussion on employment. I am very happy with my decision to move my family to Texas and it has been a outstanding relationship with my current employer of the past 9 years.”
Frank F McCrady, President & CEO, East Montgomery County Improvement District, New Caney, Texas
“In our search for a new President/CEO Chloe Johnson found the perfect candidate for Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation. The candidate we selected will be a great complement to the solid structure currently in place. We expect new successes for Nacogdoches in the coming years as a result of enlisting your assistance. Chloe, you have been such a pleasure to work with and we would recommend your services to potential clients.”
Peggy Mulckelroy, Chairman, NEDCO Search Committee
“The Board of AEDC looks forward to working with an experienced economic developer with the credentials, character and contacts that Brian Malone brings to our community. Working through Chloe Johnson of Johnson and Associates for the selection process gave us resumes and exposure to over 40 candidates.
The entire process from the first phone call to making the job offer was handled professionally and efficiently with Chloe Johnson. The communications between the Board and Johnson and Associates were excellent and made the entire process go smoothly and on schedule.”
David Daniels, Chairman, Athens, Texas EDC
“It was a pleasure to deal with Chloe Johnson. In the search for a new president and CEO for AEDC, her expertise in guiding the board saved us time and money. The board recognized early on that her step-by-step process would help us identify the candidate that best fit our management style. The entire process was really smooth from day one all the way through the interviews and job offer.”
David Daniels, Chairman, Athens, Texas EDC
“We were very pleased with the results from the executive search conducted by Johnson & Associates. The candidates we were able to consider were much more qualified than anyone we could locate on our own. The process used by Johnson & Associates to build a consensus among the Board as to what qualities we needed in a candidate was very enlightening. Also, the interview process was very professional as well as productive.
Thanks to Johnson & Associates, we were able to identify, interview & hire an excellent individual to lead us in our business development efforts.”
Trent Gillespie, Board Chairman , Business Development Corporation, Vernon, Texas
“Thank you for a job well done. On behalf of the City Council of Caldwell we express our thank you to Johnson & Associates for the job you did for us in locating a person for the job of City Administrator of Caldwell. We are very satisfied for the work performed and will recommend you in the future to other entities.”
Bernard Rychlik, Mayor, City of Caldwell, Texas
“Thank you for your work in helping The City of North Richland Hills to hire a Director of Economic Development. We appreciate the efforts of you and your staff to locate and thoroughly review the qualifications of experienced applicants. Your time spent driving to North Richland Hills and meeting with our City’s management contributed to the success of this endeavor. We look forward to working with Thad Chambers and anticipate the development his expertise will bring to the City.
Thank you again for a job well done.”
Patrick Hillis, Human Resources Director, City of North Richland Hills, Texas
“Chloe…I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all the hard work that you and Susi put in to the Nacogdoches search. Everything seemed to be so well organized and to go so smoothly … I’ll bet you’ve done this before, huh?
My family and I are really looking forward to becoming part of the Nacogdoches community. Having spent the past decade and a half looking at economic development from the perspective of expanding businesses, I’m excited about the prospect of working with the people of Nacogdoches to help them improve their economic future.
Linda and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Nacogdoches, and we enjoyed meeting you in person. You did such a great job and we can’t thank you enough.
Bill King, Candidate Selected , Nacogdoches EDC
“I enjoyed participating in a very competitive search selection. Johnson & Associates had a very thorough process. By the time the candidates met with the selection committee in Sheridan, we were heavily scrutinized. What an incredible process. I enjoyed meeting with the other finalists and have started a professional friendship with at least one other candidate.
I look forward to working with the Board of Forward Sheridan and the business and civic community in Sheridan, a city that has so much to offer. It is an honor to have been chosen and my family and I feel very fortunate to have the possibility to live in Sheridan and Wyoming for many years to come.”
Phillippe Chino, Candidate Selected, Forward Wyoming!

Some Of Our Candidates
Have This To Say

“Chloe…I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all the hard work that you and Susi put in to the Nacogdoches search. Everything seemed to be so well organized and to go so smoothly … I’ll bet you’ve done this before, huh?
My family and I are really looking forward to becoming part of the Nacogdoches community. Having spent the past decade and a half looking at economic development from the perspective of expanding businesses, I’m excited about the prospect of working with the people of Nacogdoches to help them improve their economic future.
Linda and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Nacogdoches, and we enjoyed meeting you in person. You did such a great job and we can’t thank you enough.
Bill King, Candidate Selected , Nacogdoches EDC
“I enjoyed participating in a very competitive search selection. Johnson & Associates had a very thorough process. By the time the candidates met with the selection committee in Sheridan, we were heavily scrutinized. What an incredible process. I enjoyed meeting with the other finalists and have started a professional friendship with at least one other candidate.
I look forward to working with the Board of Forward Sheridan and the business and civic community in Sheridan, a city that has so much to offer. It is an honor to have been chosen and my family and I feel very fortunate to have the possibility to live in Sheridan and Wyoming for many years to come.”
Phillippe Chino, Candidate Selected, Forward Wyoming!

Board Development and Exceptional Board Training

“Overall, a phenomenal and uplifting day for the Seminole EDC. Melissa Woodall of Johnson and Associates is a true professional. I enjoyed how she tackled complex issues in a down-to-earth simple format and addressed uncomfortable topics with such grace and credibility. This was the board’s first formal training and everyone walked away energized and enlightened about the work ahead. It is good to know that you are not just hiring a firm to come in and give a speech, but you are developing a relationship with a lifelong partner who cares deeply about your overall success.”
Chris Jones, III ~ Executive Director ~ , Seminole Economic Development Corporation

Economic Development Assessment

Feasibility Study

“I am happy to announce that Johnson & Associates recently completed a comprehensive community assessment for the City of Port Isabel. Through Johnson & Associates’ assistance the City of Port Isabel is confident that its short and long term economic development strategies will be accomplished. Johnson & Associates’ unparalleled experience and expertise resulted in a successful project that netted nothing but praise and high remarks from our citizens. The City’s new direction and renewed confidence regarding its economic development opportunities are a direct result from working with this firm.”
Jonathan Gracia, EDC Administrator, City of Port Isabel, Texas
“I want to thank you again for making the “above the call of duty” trip and presentation to our citizens of Alice last evening. Mike and Tina of your staff have done an admirable job with the feasibility study and have identified community challenges that relate directly to our economic expectations. Mike’s presentation was enhanced by his experience, background and “well-spokeness”. The impact of the presentation on those present will greatly increase the effectiveness of the report. Hopefully, this will be the launch-point for on-going planning and actions. Again, thank you for a job well done.
Dean Kruckenberg, Executive Director, Alice~Jim Wells County EDC

Dynamic Communication

“It was very informative. I learned a lot about myself and co-workers.”
Mendy Davis, Assistant Administrative Service Director, City of Dayton, Texas
“I learned that I am in the Right Place!”
Dave Draz, Planning Coordinator, City of Dayton, Texas
“The DISC Profile I completed is a great tool for me as a manager. The simplicity of the questionnaire combined with its extreme accuracy is astounding! I would recommend this system not only to managers, but to anyone who wants to have better communication with the people around them.”
Michelle Leftwich, Assistant City Manager, City of Mercedes, Texas

Team Building

“This team building effort was an entirely positive experience for our organization. It was interesting, informative, entertaining and yes, fun. I learned a great deal more ab out my own behavior and that of my associates and we will be able to put our new found knowledge into practice going forward. To the bottom line, I do believe that it will all be helpful in making us become a more effective team.”
Ralph U Thomas, President, Palmetto EDC, Columbia, South Carolina
From the Chairman, Katy Area Economic Development Corporation:
Thanks for taking the time to present your training seminar to our sales team group on Friday.
Good presentation and hopefully it will lay the ground work for some successful results on the part of our EDC. Thanks Again!!”
Woody Mann, Jr President, Vista Equities Group, Houston, Texas
Today, I completed the Team Talk survey. However, after reading the analysis, it scared me to death. The analysis described me almost so completely it’s unbelievable. For your information, I reluctantly agree that the survey results are accurate, and I must admit to both the positive and negative attributes.
I am so impressed with the job of J&A that I can’t describe it. I just never saw anything like that, but I guess larger towns all use professional help in searching and selecting management people.
Billy Clemons, City Administrator, City of Caldwell, Texas
Great Newsletter!
David E Alexx, Allex International Properties

Fans Of Our Newsletter

“Just a quick note to say it is always a pleasure to receive your attractive and professionally done newsletters, as well as hear all the exciting news that’s happening at J&A.
“You and your staff are definitely the best in the business and without competition. Thanks for keeping us practitioners in the field informed!”
Chris Potter, Director of Marketing, McKinney, Texas EDC

Friends & Colleagues

Thanks so much Chloe! I hope to grow in municipal government, particularly in the areas of Economic Development and Marketing/Community Relations. I’ve heard great things about your company from some contacts I have in Colorado (and locally). I look forward to “following” you and hopefully one day our paths will cross!
Kim Theime, Main Street & Special Events Coordinator, City of Weatherford, Texas
“Nice web site! It looks great and nicely designed!”
Barry Albrecht, Executive Director ~ CEO, City of Sierra Vista, Arizona
From time to time, we at J&A get a wonderful note from fond friends and colleagues we feel compelled to share. Thom Robinson, CCE, CEcD, President and CEO of the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce in Morristown, Tennessee recently wrote to us. “I continue to enjoy reading your newsletters. Often they mention friends or places I have memories of, and I appreciate your stirring of those good memories. My reason for writing is very simple—to say thank you again for your help over the years and to say thank you for all you do for your clients on both sides of the table. From a personal perspective, your encouragement is very uplifting. The satisfaction you must feel when you make a good “match” must be rewarding to you, but I can tell you from personal experience, when you make that “match,” you help provide hope, joy, and peace to executives AND their families. As we have just completed the Thanksgiving holidays and entering the Christmas season, I am more sensitive than ever to the effects our actions have on other people we meet in our short lives. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your involvement in my life, and, on behalf of all the others like me who you’ve helped or placed in jobs, to say a BIG THANK YOU for all you do.”
Wow! Thom, it is dear friends and clients like you that make us love our job so incredibly much! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts – Thank You!
Thom Robinson, CCE, CEcD, President & CEO, Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, Morristown, Tennessee
“We recently congratulated Ms. Karen Philippi of Alpine, Texas for being hired as the new City Manager of Royse City, Texas. Mayor Jim Mellody was very pleased with the executive search delivered by J&A. He had this to say: “I will always remember this landmark event in Royce City with fondness because you made the potentially tense situation quite a pleasure. You’re the greatest!”
Thanks, Mayor! We think you and your community are pretty great, too!
Mayor Jim Mellody, City of Royce City, Texas
“The accomplishments by Johnson & Associates during this past year are quite impressive, and we thank you so much for all that you do in the communities.”
Lawson White, Former CEO, FEC Electric, Inc. Greenville, Texas
“Thank you for your assistance in our search for an Executive Director. The expertise of Johnson & Associates has been invaluable to the Forney EDC, providing us a quality pool of applicants and helping us establish and maintain a high-quality selection process.”
Bill Cates, President, Forney, Texas Economic Development Corporation
“It has been my pleasure to know Chloe Johnson for many, many years and have always found her and the team of professionals at Johnson & Associates to be the most conscientious professionals in the consulting and economic development business.
Chloe and her team contacted me regularly when I was CEO of the Texas Economic Development Council from 1992-99 and when I was looking for a change from my banking job in Houston, Chloe submitted my application to the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation where I’ve been happily employed since.
Her presentations at the Basic Economic Development Courses at Texas A&M are always insightful and entertaining and I would never hesitate recommending Johnson & Associates to others.”
Joe D Newman, President & CEO, Greater Bastrop EDC, Bastrop, Texas
“Chloe Johnson and the Johnson team have redefined the term “executive search” with their friendly professionalism. My move from Illinois to Texas was made much easier through their guidance, support and encouragement. They really are a “Class Act”.
Warren Ketteman, former Executive Director, Buda, Texas EDC
“Ms. Johnson and her staff were extremely helpful in helping me become the successful candidate for this great position in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Her advice was right on target, and the community leadership expressed that Johnson & Associates did an excellent job for them, at a very competitive cost versus other available alternatives.”
Evan O Zorn, Executive Vice President ~ Economic Development, Bartlesville, Oklahoma Economic Development Corporation
“Please know how very pleased I am with your efforts facilitating our Board Planning Session – It was Awesome!”
Missy Malechek, Executive vice President, West Chambers County, Texas Chamber of Commerce

Basic Economic Development Course

“This is what I came for. This makes me feel like my trip here and the time spent here was worth it.”
“They were very good speakers, interesting and very good at keeping the attention of their audience.”
“If only all presentations were this engaging, informative & fun!”
“This was the best presentation of the week! Fantastic job with getting the class involved and remain interested in topic being presented.”
“Couldn’t have selected a better speaker for this day.”
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