Edward JohnsonEast Tampa Community Redevelopment Area
Edward A. Johnson began his fifty year public/private career in 1963, by joining the U. S. Air Force. His twenty-year Air Force career included tours of duty in Texas, Mississippi, Island of Guam, New York, Florida, Hawaii and Thailand, prior to his retirement as a Master Sergeant in 1983. His military career included numerous awards and medals for meritorious service, which include the Viet Nam campaign.
Following his retirement, Mr. Johnson began attending evening classes at the University of Tampa while working as a salesman and store manager at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 1987. In 1990, he accepted a position with NCNB National Bank of Florida, N.A., where his hard work and commitment to community service were rewarded with the 1995 NationsBank Corporate Leadership Excellence In Neighborhood Development (LEND) Award for his efforts in East Tampa. He was employed by SouthTrust Bank for seven years as the West Coast Regional Manager for Community and Business Development.
Mr. Johnson has been employed as the City of Tampa, Manager for East Tampa Development for the past twelve years. He is a past chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the City of Tampa Housing Authority. A board member of the Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, board member of Hillsborough Rural Community Development Corporation, a lifetime board member of the Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, (FAHRO), member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, (NAHRO), member of the National Organization of African-Americans in Housing (NOAAH) and member of the Air Force Sergeants Association. He is married to Samruay Srikasem of Bangkok, Thailand. They have four adult children and three grand children.