Marty Johnson besides a lifelong Minnesota resident and father of 3 I have been in the sales game for as long as many of the YPro members have been alive. Most of the time has been in the IT world. Literally I have sold computer systems that filled a room and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars that had less computing power than today’s iPhones.
What do you do?
I’m the Business Development Manager at August Ash, Inc. where we work with established small and medium sized business to help improve their on-line presence by designing and building great websites then assist in helping drive traffic to their site through Internet marketing.
Tell us something about your job that nobody knows.
I get a lot of interesting calls from people. I frequently get calls from someone who has a great idea for the next Facebook but only has $1,000.00. Or the company that just spent $100,000 using overseas developers (better rate) on an eCommerce site that doesn't work.
Why do you go to Y-Pro events?
Beside the fact that the events are almost always at great venues like the Mississippi boat cruises, Tin Whiskers, R.F. Moeller, etc. as an “older” participant I enjoy talking with the next generation(s) of business people. The excitement they have being early on in a career brings me back to my first jobs or what I like to call “the good old days”.
What has been your favorite YPro moment?
Getting carded on the boat cruise was nice. Beyond that I really enjoyed the 3 generations of Moellers telling their story so candidly at the after hours event they recently hosted.
How has YPro helped you both personally and professionally?
Personally I have gained new friends many of whom ironically are around my oldest daughters age. Professionally I learn how the younger generation works, what drives them. The business world is all about cross generational relationships so it helps me learn what makes Gen X, Gen Y and Millennials tick. On the other side I hope through my years of experience I can help them be more successful.
What do you like to do for fun when you aren't going to Chamber events?
Interesting question because it is changing. Over the past 25 years I spent a lot of time raising my kids especially doing things like coaching or watching my kids play soccer and hockey. Now I’m down to one kid who is a high school gymnast. So coming full circle I’m getting back to the things I did before kids; play hockey, ski, fish, anything outdoors, sample all the good beer that’s out there and this time of year hang Christmas lights. Yes I am Clark Griswold! I’m also a big Vikings, Twins and Wild fan.
Tell us a joke (make sure it’s Y-pro Friendly)!
What does the fish say when he runs into a wall?