After 32 years Len Johnson, president of Bennett Motor Express, is hanging up his cowboy hat and retiring. On Dec. 15 a reception was held in his honor at the Hilton Garden Inn in McDonough.
Johnson started as an agent for Bennett on the west coast, and in August 2012, he was named president of Bennett Motor Express in McDonough, Georgia.
During the reception, employees who have worked with Johnson over the years took to the podium to say a few words or share stories of their time working together.
Russ Oldson, chief operating officer of Bennett Motor Express, described Johnson as a passionate person who knows the industry. Oldson also recalled Johnson always wanting to win and never wanting to quit.
“I will miss him terribly,” Oldson said.
David Lowry, chief executive officer of Bennett Motor Express, shared a few stories about their golf games, and on a more serious note, he added just how Johnson’s presence and leadership impacted the company.
“One of the best things that happened was when you decided to come to Georgia…Lots of us wouldn’t be standing here today if it wasn’t for you and Val’s (Johnson’s wife) support behind you to come in and help us build this company to what it is today.” Lowry said.
Marcia Taylor, chief executive officer of Bennett International Group, said that after 32 years, it was difficult to say just what Johnson means to her personally and to the company.
“How can you put into words?” Taylor began. “Being with someone who is your best friend and your coworker….there’s just so many memories with Len and Val.
“I’m going to miss you. You left a lot of tracks in a lot of people’s heart and we all care about you and we’re just so happy you’re going to be able to have time to spend at home…we all love you and we’re going to miss you.”
Johnson recalled some good times and good people he met over the years working at Bennett.
“All I can say is thanks for the opportunity,” he said. “You all, every single one of you, have touched my heart. I’m going to miss every single person. This place means more to me than you will ever know and so do the people. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.”