Atlanta entrepreneur Terry K. Johnson founded Jeremiah Partners (JP) in 2004, with a vision of establishing a faith-based investment firm that drives global inspiration, offering hope to those less fortunate, while generating superior returns to all stakeholders.
Terry graduated from Auburn University in 1983 and joined forces with his father Buddy Johnson, to build what became the highly successful Johnson Industries (JI). The company began with 5 employees with approximately $1 million a year in sales, with one warehouse in downtown Atlanta. JI enjoyed hyper-growth and change for over twenty years, with revenues more than tripling in a five year timeframe to $300 million, supporting an associate base of over 800, with 15 operations both domestically and internationally. Johnson Industries was recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the foremost leading U.S. companies in retaining and motivating associates. The company was acquired in 1999 by Genuine Parts Company.
The sale of Johnson Industries provided Terry the opportunity to put his philosophy of investing in people to work by establishing the faith-based investment firm Jeremiah Partners. A highly driven individual, he is clear on the fact that Jeremiah Partners is a purpose driven company with mutual objectives of excellence in both income and stewardship. “The goal is to keep generating the high rate of returns necessary to continue helping others succeed.” Terry’s passion is building and growing companies, developing organizational cultures that empower and inspire individuals to heightened personal and professional growth, translating into competitive advantage in the marketplace. He has considerable experience in mergers and acquisitions, organizational culture development, brand development, change management, technology integration, and strategic planning.
The JP foundation for success is clearly defined in a quote from Buddy Johnson: “I firmly believe that for an organization to survive and achieve success, it must have a sound sense of beliefs on which it bases all of its policies and actions. Next, I believe that the most important single factor in corporate success is the faithful adherence to those beliefs. And finally, I believe that if an organization is to meet the challenges of a changing world, it must be prepared to change everything about itself, except those beliefs, as it moves through corporate life.”
Jeremiah Partners is built on a foundation of faith. and Terry is committed to this faith and the stewardship that goes with it…high returns, giving back and shining light whenever possible, with glorifying God a parallel goal to business success.