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Business Mgmt. Class Meets with Steve Johnson
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Monday, September 18, 2017
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Late August this year, a group of lucky students comprising Mrs. English’s Business Management class got the opportunity to meet-and-greet with none other than Steve Johnson, the mind behind Bristol’s keystone shopping center, the Pinnacle.

This proved an exciting and rare opportunity to say the least; after everyone had settled into the Bass Pro meeting room, Mr. Johnson wasted no time in detailing the history of his business endeavors in real estate as well as land development; Mrs. English’s class was surprised to learn that Mr. Johnson was also partially responsible for the development of the Exits 5 and 7 areas over the last few decades!

Following Mr. Johnson’s rundown of his previous ventures, the tone of the presentation shifted to a lengthy Q&A in which Mrs. English’s class asked Mr. Johnson a series of questions that they had prepared prior to the meeting.

These questions ranged from simple, quantitative inquires like “How many people work at the Pinnacle?” to ones that solicited elaborative discussion such as “What caused the downfall of the Bristol Mall?”

Upon hearing each of his answers, one would instantly peg Mr. Johnson as a highly well-spoken, educated, qualified member of his industry. It seemed that he could offer answers to anything and everything. His responses always left one pondering or sparked thought-provoking discussion, all the while being witty and well-formed.

There seemed to be a life lesson to be learned in everything Mr. Johnson had to say. Ben Slaughter, a senior in Mrs. English’s Business Management class, inquired about Mr. Johnson’s source of inspiration. In response, Mr. Johnson elucidated rather poignantly about his early life and his own push factors and explained that he considers himself to be self-driven.

Spurgeon Foster, senior, noted that it was “inspiring to hear the story of a small-town native become so prominent in multiple different sectors: first major-league athletics, and eventually city development.”

Mr. Johnson left Mrs. English’s class with a call-to-action to get involved and to make a change in their own community—whether through land development, public office, or any contributory public service one feels inclined to perform.

The class thanked Mr. Johnson for his time and left the meeting room that day feeling both inspired and invigorated, and ready to make a difference in their community.

by Nick Brassell

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