ROCKFORD — Judson College’s board of trustees awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters to Dennis Johnson, a profitable businessman, civic chief and writer, throughout Judson’s 10 a.m. graduation ceremony Dec. 12.
Johnson served as CEO of the Johnson Group, a privately held award-winning firm of business printers and associated providers headquartered in Rockford, with corporations in East Dubuque; Louisville, Kentucky; and China. He was co-founder and treasurer of American Coloration Corp., which has places in six cities throughout the U.S. He additionally was one of many authentic co-founders of Warranty Nationwide Financial institution, serving on its board and persevering with on merging boards in addition to ending on the board of Chase Financial institution of Rockford. He at the moment serves as president of the Lingonberry Group, which operates the Stockholm Inn, a Swedish restaurant in Rockford.
Johnson has been energetic in Rockford’s civic arenas. He served on the Winnebago County Board and Rockford Metropolis Council for greater than 20 years, co-chaired the Bi-Centennial and Sesquicentennial committees of Winnebago County and served as chairman of the Rockford Police and Fireplace Fee and the Sheriff’s Benefit Fee.
Named one of the influential individuals within the twentieth century and a finalist for the Excalibur award by the Rockford Register Star, Johnson was the founding father of the Illinois Snow Sculpting Competitors, which attracts hundreds of tourists to Rockford throughout January. He solid a world partnership and sister metropolis relationship between Rockford and Brovary, Ukraine; Changzhou, China; and Borgholm, Sweden. Johnson additionally based the annual Management Prayer Luncheon, now referred to as the Annual Day of Prayer for the nation.
Johnson based and led Children Across the World, a corporation that has constructed over 925 colourful playgrounds, packed and shipped over 38 million meals for hungry children and held 701 coaching periods for lecturers, reaching 3.4 million kids with the Gospel in over 70 international locations. Most not too long ago Johnson, based Bibles for Children, which offers illustrated Motion New Testomony Bibles in English and Spanish utilizing Marvel comedian e-book art work. The Bibles have been distributed inside the local people and abroad by short-term mission teams.
A member of Rotary Worldwide, First Free Church of Rockford and Boca Group Church in Boca Raton, Florida, Johnson additionally has served on a number of boards, together with these of Judson College, David C. Cook dinner and Rockford College. He was chairman of SwedishAmerican Well being System, Bibles for India, Worldwide Help, the Bible League, John Visitor Campaign Board and Invoice Glass Jail Ministries. He continues to serve on the boards of David C. Cook dinner, Bibles for Children, Lingonberry Group and Children Across the World.
Energetic politically, Johnson was elected as a delegate to the Republican Nationwide Conference in 1984. In 2017, he spoke to the Home of Representatives in Washington, D.C., in regards to the worth and significance of “play” in kids to speed up studying.
Johnson wrote the e-book “Inform Me A Story: Orality: How the World Learns” with Joe Musser. The e-book describes the significance of storytelling and has forwards written by Steve Douglass, Oliver North, Evelyn Christenson, John Ortberg, Jr. and Joni Eareckson Tada. The e-book was revealed in 2012 by David C. Cook dinner in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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