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J. Phillips. L. Johnston

johnston, johnOccupation: Corporate Executive; Chief Legal Officer
Born: Memphis, Tennessee

Babcock Entrepreneurial Fellow, Wake Forest University (2010)
Coursework, Directors’ College, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Coursework, Senior Managers in Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Coursework, Graduate Business School, New York University
JD, University of North Carolina Law School, Chapel Hill, NC
AB in Economics, Duke University, Durham, NC

Bar Admissions:
North Carolina State Bar (1963)

Chief Executive Officer, Pilot Biotechnologies, Winston-Salem, NC (1998-2000)
Chief Executive Officer, Digital Recorders, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC (1990-1999)
President, Chief Executive Officer, Director, DataPix, Inc. (1988-1990)
Administrator, North Carolina Credit Unions (1987-1989)
President, Chief Executive Officer, Director, Erwin-Lambeth (1979-1987)
President, Chief Executive Officer, Director, Chantry Lamp Co. (1977-1987)
President, Chief Executive Officer, Director, Norman Perry (1980-1985)
Dewars Profile (1980-1981)
President, Chief Executive Officer, Director, Currier Piano Co. (1965-1976)
With, Citicorp (1966)
Assistant Manager, Cameron-Brown Capital Corp. (1963-1966)
Member, Board of Directors, Digital Recorders Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC
Principal, Retail Store
Real Estate Manager
Vice Chairman, Co-Founder, Koolbridge Solar, Inc., High Point, NC

Career Related:
Co-Founder, Rainmakers, Assisting Pro Bono Economically Disadvantaged Business (1998); Member, Board of Directors, Twitle Mountain Communications, Inc.; Member, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Compensation Committee, Marion Manufacturing Co.; Member, Board of Directors, Compensation Committee, Southern Film Extruders Inc.; Trustee, UNC Law Foundation, Inc.; Member, Finance & Investment Committee, Law School, University of North Carolina

Member, Advisory Board, Bryan School of Business and Economics (2013); Former Chairman, Treasurer, Marion General Hospital; Chairman, McDowell County United Way; Warden, St. John’s Episcopalian Church; Trustee, North Carolina Art Museum; Trustee, Past President, North Carolina State University Friends Gallery

Creative Works:
Author, “Jokes That Span Generations” (1990); Author, “Success in Small Business Is a Laughing Matter” (1980); Author, “Biscuitville: The Secret Recipe for Building a Sustainable Competitive Advantage”; Author, “True South: Leadership Lessons from Polar Extremes”; Author, Numerous Articles on Corporate Governance, National Publications

Recipient, Certificate of Director Education, NACD Institute (2005); Honoree, Top Secret Clearance, FBI (1997); Honoree, Entrepreneur of the Year, Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) (1997); Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, North Carolina Credit Union League (1988); Honoree, Dewar’s Profile (1982); Recipient, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award; Honoree, Marquis Who’s Who Top Professional

Co-Founder, Chairman, Board, North Carolina Information and Technology Association (1993-Present); Entrepreneurial Fellow, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC (2005); Co-Founder, Founding Chairman, North Carolina Electronics and Information Trade Association (NCTA) (1995); Financial Expert, SEC Audit Committee; Quadrille Dance Club, High Point; KA Fraternity, Duke University; Varsity Lacrosse, Duke University

Political Affiliation:


Spouse: Dorothy James Johnston
Children: Phillips; Jamie
Four Granddaughters

Tennis; Bridge; Pinball; Reading great classics of literature

Biography Sources:
Who’s Who in Finance and Industry – 1992-1993, 27th Edition (pub. 1991)
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest – 1999-2000, 26th Edition (pub. 1998)

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