Five Questions: Jack Johnson

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Jack Johnson is Securadyne Systems’ new director of strategic sales. Previously, he was co-founder and VP of sales and marketing for Intelligent Access Systems of North Carolina, which was acquired by Securadyne in 2014. He also was co-founder of Entry Systems Inc., which specialized in nationwide sales, service and deployment of hotel locking systems. He has more than 35 years of experience in the industry. In October, Security Systems News caught up with Jack and asked him five questions.

How long have you lived in Atlanta?

My whole life. I’m a rare native.

What do you like best about the city?

We have the best of all worlds here. We’re within 30 minutes of the mountains and within four hours of the Atlantic coast. We have all four seasons. If you love the arts, we have here what all the big cities have to offer, the symphony, music, theater, whatever.

What are your hobbies and interests?

My wife and I used to be heavy-duty tennis players, but now it’s more golf and hiking and biking. I also love to cook with my Big Green Egg (a kamado-style ceramic barbeque cooker). It’s the best outdoor ceramic cooker that can also be used as a slow cooker. You can sear steaks, cook turkeys, roasts and chicken. You can regulate it from 200 to 600 degrees. The meat never shrinks, and it’s always really moist. Prime rib roast is my favorite to cook on it, or a whole pork shoulder. Anything you put on there is good.

What is something that would surprise others to know about you?

Well, that’s a heck of a question. My wife and I have been happily married for 26 years. We’ve been involved in community theater in the past. Now, with the kids out of the house, we’re starting to get out a little more to see live theater and live music. I’m one of the weird security guys involved in the arts.

How are your children doing?

My son graduated from Virginia Tech two years ago. He’s an electrical engineer working in Nashville. He was smart and chose the high-voltage side; he’s on the power side. My daughter is finishing up college at Georgia Southern, majoring in marketing. She was a college soccer player.