A Kearny native, Mr. Johnston began his career as a telephone repair person for New Jersey Bell/AT&T and went on to work at Litton Industries. After three years, he was promoted first to repair manager and then to Regional Manager.
In 1977, Mr. Johnston founded Johnston Communications Voice and Data. Since then, the company acquired customer bases from Litton, ITT and Sunesis and purchased Telephones Unlimited, Inc. Today, Johnston Communications is the largest privately owned vendor of communications systems in the New York metropolitan area. By designing, installing and maintaining voice and data for customer contact centers, businesses and organizations, Johnston Communications prides itself on being a 24/7/365 service organization. The company has more than 100 employees and maintains service and parts facilities in both N.J. and N.Y.
Mr. Johnston has also channeled his professional determination and diligence into community efforts. For over 12 years, he has helped young boys develop confidence as a Troop Leader for the Pioneer Boys of America in Kearny. Upon joining Optimist International in 1985, he has sponsored many youth-friendly activities, including oratorical contests, spelling bees and fishing derbies.
As member of the Board of Directors, he has also served as the organization’s President, Treasurer and Secretary. In 2000, Mr. Johnston joined the Hudson County Community College Foundation. Over the years, many students have benefited from the scholarships donated by him and his company. His hard work as a member of nearly every special events committee has brought the foundation great success; this year, the foundation will be awarding $150,000 worth of scholarships. Along with Hudson County Community College, Mr. Johnston has been a strong supporter of several other local colleges. He is a member of Rutgers University’s President’s Council, a noted representative for ongoing sponsorship and support of the University. Additionally, he has been an annual sponsor of events coordinated by Kean University, Essex County College, Union County College and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey CARES program.
Mr. Johnston has two grown children Philip and Janine. He also has 4 grandchildren: Meghan, Emily, Paige and Kayla.