Monday, August 24, 2009
Cameron Johnson Wins National Honor
The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) has named Roanoke's Cameron Johnson as one of the 2009 Ten Outstanding Young Americans. The presentation of the 71st annual black-tie awards ceremony will be held September 26, 2009, in the Orlando, Florida Ramada Inn Orlando Celebration Resort & Convention Center.
At the age of 24, Cameron Johnson is one of the most successful young entrepreneurs in the world. Author, businessman, entrepreneur, and internationally recognized public speaker, Johnson is President and CEO of Cameron Johnson Inc., and serves as consultant to several Fortune 500 companies. Johnson started his first business when he was nine years old.
By age 12, he was making $50,000 per year and at the age of 15, Johnson’s company was generating $15,000 per day in revenue. That same year, he became the youngest American appointed to the board of a Tokyo-based company, and his autobiography, 15-Year-Old CEO, was published in Japan and became an instant best seller.
Johnson used his platform and recognition in Japan to work with the Japanese government to promote computer literacy, and his book inspired Japanese young people to consider entrepreneurship as a path in life. Before turning 21, Johnson had started 12 profitable Internet companies and had been featured in more than 250 media outlets worldwide including Newsweek, BusinessWeek, and the New York Times. He was on the cover of the March Valley Business FRONT and was one of its FRONTList15: The Entrepreneurs featured inside.
In 2007, Johnson published his latest book titled You Call the Shots: Succeed Your Way—and Live the Life You Want—with the 19 Essential Secrets of Entrepreneurship. In 2008, Johnson was a finalist on Oprah Winfrey’s first-ever primetime series,"The Big Give," and he went on to host Season 4 of "Beat the Boss," a successful kids’ business competition show that airs on the BBC in the UK.
Today, Johnson continues to volunteer his time and speak at various schools across the country, focusing on promoting financial literacy among young people in America, and he has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for a wide variety of charities.