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Tom Johnson

Partner, COO & CFO

“Favorite part of my job is teaching and mentoring the younger generation. Passing on my skills and knowledge for future generations is very rewarding.”

About Tom

For the past 30 years, I have been running companies in numerous and various capacities. My leadership, versatility and experience in manufacturing, marketing, finance and operations have played a vital role in my ability to build strong and successful companies.

As COO/CFO/Partner, I am responsible for running and managing Southport’s day-to-day finances and operations.

In 2012, my finance and operational skills guided Southport Marketing to winning the prestigious B2B CFO Awards in the small business category. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded Southport as one of only twenty five companies in the entire U.S. to be recognized for all areas of financial and operational expertise including; keeping Southport debt free , profitable and well positioned to consistently perform for its clients. Under my leadership, Southport has grown from 3 partners to 16 full-time staff.

Prior to Southport Marketing, I served nine years at General Motors R Works Marketing Agency as the Senior Regional Business Manager, overseeing the budgets and operations of nine auto brands. Adding to my responsibilities, I also headed up the sweepstakes department in which I managed all large scale sweepstakes promotions in the western region. One of my biggest promotional achievements was overseeing one of the largest sweepstakes giveaways in GM history. Under my guidance, GM partnered with three Major League Baseball teams to give-a-way 39 GM vehicles in one season.

In 2022 I was asked to join the Forbes Finance Counsel. I contribute articles as well as sit on peer review. In 2023 Forbes asked I sit on the Business Counsel.

I received my Business Administration degree from Arizona State University in 1992. I am married to my wife of 21 years Tammie and together we have raised three grown children; Taylor, Kylie and Delaney. We also now enjoy our six grandchildren. We reside in Port Hueneme, CA and enjoy traveling the world one place at a time.

I am an avid traveler and outdoorsman; I enjoy deep sea fishing, camping, and hiking.