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!

GUILLERMO ORTIZ

Although I am not a native Houstonian, I got here as fast as I could!  I studied Interior Design at the University of Houston which allowed me to develop friendships with many of the local designers and their network of professional contacts who are now key specifiers and decision makers on projects within our market.

Once I completed my studies at UH, I worked as a designer for seven years. My experience includes a variety of projects in retail, residential, K-12 and Higher education, assembly, corporate, and entertainment. I have a strong understanding of appropriate material selection for interior applications and furniture specifications.

I am a very social and active individual—the last design firm that I worked for did not provide the proper environment for me to flourish as a person nor as a professional, thus I decided to join the “DARK SIDE”, and have not once questioned my decision.  I enjoy being part of the design community both socially and intellectually, being a manufactures representative allows me the opportunity to surround myself with the latest products and work with Houston’s design community!

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.