Jim Johnson to Retire from Sommer & Maca; Gagen Named New VP
After 26 years of service with Cicero, Ill.-based Sommer & Maca Industries,
executive vice president Jim Johnson has announced he will retire in March.
"A long time ago, I decided to set a goal of retiring when I reached 70
years old. I will reach that goal in March," says Johnson. "In 1974 I
sold a business and had to be available to help the new owner for three
months. Having all that free time sounds like fun but it was totally boring.
So, that's when I decided to work until I was 70--young enough to be active
and old enough to begin to slow down."
Johnson began his career at Sommer & Maca in 1980 as national sales manager
and later served as vice president of sales before being named executive
vice president. In 2001, he was inducted into the Glass & Metal Hall of
Fame™. "I have enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people at Sommer & Maca
and treasure having worked with our valued customers, key vendors and
leading media people," says Johnson. "By being active in the industry
I have had an opportunity to give back to the industry, having served
on numerous flat glass and auto glass committees; the personal relationships
formed by committee work have lasted my entire career."
Johnson has a degree in business administration from the University of
Notre Dame. While there he was a member of the ROTC and after graduating
he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. After serving
in the Army he began a career in retail sales with JC Penney and
then later handled sales for a large oil company. He owned his own
franchise consulting business for the petroleum industry for 11
years and during that time he earned his master's degree in education
from St. Francis University in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Upon his retirement Johnson plans to spend more time doing the
many activities he enjoys and also with his family.
"Since my three children and seven grandchildren live in the
same metro area I'll be available to attend more family and school
events," he says. "I also plan to do volunteer work for
my church, college and local men's service club."
Succeeding Johnson, Jim Gagen has been named the new senior vice
president. Gagen will be responsible for the sales of all product
categories, as well as other tasks. He has executive experience
with adhesive manufacturers PRC and Permatex.
Also new with the company, Bob Granahan has been appointed regional
sales manager for the 13 Midwestern states.