OUR TEAM

JIM JOHNSON

Born and raised in Ft Worth – I am a lifelong Texan and proud of it. Having an architect for a father and a step father who owned a furniture factory, it seemed like I was pre-destined to spend my career in the contract furniture business. Over my 30 year career, I am proud to have represented some of the most distinguished and recognized furnishing manufacturers in the industry.  

I like to think I have a deep understanding of manufacturing and design and enjoy the complex role of a rep.  It is like solving a puzzle when I can bring the most appropriate option to the designer or dealer who is striving to achieve a certain look and budget on their project.  As I often  like to say, ” I understand where you are going and know how to help you get there”.  

My wife Gail and I love to spend destination vacations with my two daughters and their families.  Along with traveling,  I enjoy music, playing guitar ( yep, I played in bands in the 70’s and lived through it), cooking, and playing golf. My wife of 34 years, Gail, is a talented commercial interior designer who once vowed to ” never date a sales rep”…  

# can’t judge a book by its cover ! 

JEFF SIMON

I am a proud graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH.  After college I moved to Houston and began a career as an independent manufacturers representative in electronics.  In 1992, ready for a new challenge, I left the electronics industry and became a Regional Sales Manager for BodyBilt Seating, eventually becoming the National Accounts Manager.  In 1997 I became the National Sales Manager for Stylex Seating and later became VP of Sales.

In 2005 I made the decision to go back to my roots and become a manufacturers rep again, partnering with Jim Johnson.  This has been a rewarding and fulfilling time as we have built a first class business devoted to customer service.

I am passionate about football, reading, barbecue, and telling jokes! I have a large network of friends and enjoy spending time with them and my family. I also enjoy mentoring younger designers and salespeople and helping them to achieve their goals and aspirations!

AMANDA BENSON

I channeled my lifelong passion for creativity and attention to detail by earning a degree from the University of Houston in Interior Design and a minor in Architecture.  I spent 11 combined years as a contract and hospitality designer in Houston.  I have created spaces ranging from law firms and universities to hospitals and hotels. I began to see design as a process of “selling” my ideas and solutions to my clients.  It was a natural progression for me to take my career into sales.

 In 2015 I became a contract furniture multi-line sales representative with a local rep group, working with top Houston A&D firms as well as dealers.  After getting my feet wet in sales, I spent the last few years as a residential sales rep for a luxury outdoor furniture company called JANUS et Cie.  I was told in the beginning of my career that if you ever leave the contract world you always come back.  I am very happy to say this is true and am beyond thrilled to be with Johnson Simon as the A&D Market Manager.  

 When I am not with my newly blended family of 7, I love to travel and go to concerts and wineries.  I have a passion for all things Texas including Tex-Mex and Whataburger and am in my fourth year of volunteering at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  I also love to cook and entertain.  After all, life is a party!

JAN MCCORMICK

Born and raised in New Orleans, La. I still have strong ties to Louisiana and try to visit as often as I can.  I graduated with a degree in Interior Design from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and began my career as an Interior Designer in New Orleans.  I eventually progressed from design to Dealer Sales primarily with Herman Miller dealers.

My career brought me to Houston where I accepted a position with Boise Cascade as one of the first Furniture Specialists.  After six years with Boise my career took me to Haworth as a Business Develop Manager. I spent 8 years with Haworth during with time I held several position covering Houston, San Antonio and Austin. I joined Johnson Simon in 2010 and have been the Showroom Manager since.

I enjoy art, architecture, traveling and spending time with my family; including six nieces and nephews, three great nephew and one great niece.