Bill Johns, MBA, MPA

Conservative. Anti-Communist. Leader. Innovator. Maker. Entrepreneur.

Problem Solver. Conservationist. Backwoodsman. Farmer. Dad.


"The future doesn't belong to the faint-hearted,

it belongs to the brave."  

-President Ronald Reagan


"Fighter pilot is an attitude. It is cockiness. It is aggressiveness.

It is self-confidence. It is a streak of rebelliousness, and

it is competitiveness. But there's something else - there's a spark. There's a desire to be good.

To do well; in the eyes of your peers, and in your own mind.”

-Robin Olds, Fighter Pilot

The Hawaiian Shirt Guy is not a politician, bureaucrat, or the "status quo", but a professional executive and administrator who is candid, ethical, results oriented, and a natural communicator.  He is also one of the very few in the country that holds accredited graduate degrees in both business (MBA) and public (MPA) administration!



"I had a childhood like no other!  I grew up near the beach in SoCal and was mentored by men who mattered: fighter jocks, test pilots, rocket men, and warriors and this was when Reagan was Governor!  I was exposed to even a little Hollywood as well until we moved to Dayton, Ohio which was another awesome place to explore as a kid. There I was in a new neighborhood that was loaded with fossils and dinosaur bones, wildlife, and even a farmer-developer who had exotic animals found just like on Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom... just a bike ride a way!  Most importantly, everyone I was exposed to had a link to the military and I had the USAF Museum available to me each time I went on base with my parents where I actually put my hands on modern aviation and technologies of the day...and where I learned to appreciate "nose art".  My dream was to fight commies in my X-Wing Fighter in space...along with Captain Kirk and his "friends" of course.  To say I had a lot of confidence and support with some swagger as a young man is an obvious understatement as my poor teachers found out!  And when I moved to Memphis, TN, the 'Distribution Capital of the World' and home of numerous colleges, let's just say I had some great experiences there as well with my formal, informal, street, basketball court, and entrepreneurial education!"

-Bill Johns / The Hawaiian Shirt Guy™



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  • Bill Johns of East Tennessee ("Tennessee Johns"), then please stay here and scroll downward.
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We are dealing with "lots of stuff" right now besides candlesticks (if you are over 35, you know the reference from Bull Durham).  Anyway we will be back sometime but for now, please enjoy some of classic Reagan! - HSG-76