The Breeze Dozen: Cape Trailblazers — Bill Johnson Jr.
Each week the Cape Coral Breeze will feature a leader within the business community — public sector, private sector, or non-profit — asking a dozen questions that focus on the person and the business in which they hold a leadership role.
Name: Bill Johnson Jr.
Position: Executive director/CEO
Company or organization: Cape Coral Construction Industry Association
Industry: Non-profit trade association
Contact information: email@example.com or 239-772-0027
Address: 611 S.E. 11th St., Suite A, Cape Coral, FL 33990
Your business at a glance:
What you do: The CCCIA is a construction-based trade association that advocates for its membership within the city of Cape Coral Building Department.
Unique niche: The CCCIA is unique as we act as a watch dog for the construction industry since our founding in May of 1971. With a city as large as Cape Coral and the construction industry being one of the largest industries, the CCCIA?makes sure the lines of communication are there to keep our industry moving forward. We have an excellent relationship with the city and our member benefit by it. We are able to problem solve and get our members results which, in turn, helps bring more homeowners into our great city
Bragging rights: For the CCCIA — The CCCIA has been instrumental over the last 49 years not only looking out for the construction industry but giving back to the community. We have worked with many other nonprofits on community projects that have benefitted the residents of our city. Our members are always there to pitch in when needed. Through our various CCCIA task forces, we have shaped the way homes are built in our city working closely with city staff managing the issues as they come up and finding results that benefit all.
Bragging rights: For me — I am proud to say Cape Coral is my home town. Being born and raised in Cape Coral, I have seen many changes over the years. Being able to work with the people who build our city day in and day out has been amazing. I graduated from the Institute for Organization Management through the U.S. Chamber Foundation in 2018 and in my spare time I work with many charities as their emcee for various community events.
Where you see your business in five years: I would like to see the CCCIA continue in its mission of being the advocate for our industry. With our city only 40 percent built out we have a long way to go and it is my mission to keep the CCCIA in the forefront when it comes to construction in Cape Coral. I would love to see our member base continue to increase and continue to give back to the community.
Describe yourself in one word: Driven.
Hero, role model or mentor: My dad — Bill Johnson Sr.
Person you’d most like to meet: Al Pacino. Being in the arts all my life, I would just love to sit in a room for hours to talk to him. The way he has influenced people for over 5 decades and the films alone he has been in, wow, it would be an interesting chat.
Book that changed your life: “How To Win Friends &?Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. This book taught me so much on how to interact with people and help me become the person I am today.
Best business advice you’ve ever received: Always put the member first, if you can find out how to help them achieve their goals, they will never leave you.
Biggest risk you ever taken: Leaving the Chamber of Commerce of Cape?Coral 5 1/2 years ago to become executive director/CEO of the CCCIA. Turned out to be the best risk I have ever taken.
Personal passion: My wife, Laura, and two daughters, Anna and Claire.
Guilty pleasure: Lelulo’s Pizza on a Friday night and Funko Pop collecting.