Ronald Johnson started in the sewing and vacuum industry in 1973. He started his business as a set in a fabric store with Necchi Sewing Machines. Over his 41 years in business he has moved to three different locations and grown to carry multilines of sewing, embroidery, vacuum, and infrared heaters. With all of the challenges of small independent business ownership, he has succeeded greatly. From industry changes, economic decline, internet sales, and staffing difficulties, he has accepted everything that comes his way and finds a solution. He has always taken care of his business through dedication, desire, hard work, and treating people honestly.
He recently retired in January 2014. He has attended countless conventions, trainings, and industry meetings over the years. He is a 30 year member of VDTA, member of Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln Independent Business Association, and the Better Business Bureau. He is well known and respected in the industry. Ronald has earned respect from his customers, suppliers, and his peers. He has been a leader that other dealers should model their business after as he has been very successful because of the way he has run his business. He has provided a wide knowledge of all of the products he has sold and offered the best customer service possible.
Many of his customers have been coming to his shop for years. The customers, then their daughter or daughter-in-law, and now their grandchildren are returning to Husker Sew Vac to purchase products that fit their needs and continue to praise his skills. Listening to their needs in the line of new product or service Ronald always guided the customer to a solution rather than push them to an easy fix so he can move on. He always kept the customers' best interest in sight.
Donating sewing machines to the Lincoln City Mission to aid in the teaching of homeless women, vacuums to families in need and sewing machines to small church groups for quilting classes are also some of the community givings he has been involved with.
He was nominated by his daughter, Melissa who now owns the store with her husband. She couldn't be more proud or lucky to be able to succeed him in the ownership of Husker Sew Vac.
2015 Hall of Fame Inductee