OUR TEAM

JIM JOHNSON

Born and raised in Ft Worth – I am a lifelong Texan and proud of it. Having an architect for a father and a step father who owned a furniture factory, it seemed like I was pre-destined to spend my career in the contract furniture business. Over my 30 year career, I am proud to have represented some of the most distinguished and recognized furnishing manufacturers in the industry.  

I like to think I have a deep understanding of manufacturing and design and enjoy the complex role of a rep.  It is like solving a puzzle when I can bring the most appropriate option to the designer or dealer who is striving to achieve a certain look and budget on their project.  As I often  like to say, ” I understand where you are going and know how to help you get there”.  

My wife Gail and I love to spend destination vacations with my two daughters and their families.  Along with traveling,  I enjoy music, playing guitar ( yep, I played in bands in the 70’s and lived through it), cooking, and playing golf. My wife of 34 years, Gail, is a talented commercial interior designer who once vowed to ” never date a sales rep”…  

# can’t judge a book by its cover ! 

JEFF SIMON

I am a proud graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH.  After college I moved to Houston and began a career as an independent manufacturers representative in electronics.  In 1992, ready for a new challenge, I left the electronics industry and became a Regional Sales Manager for BodyBilt Seating, eventually becoming the National Accounts Manager.  In 1997 I became the National Sales Manager for Stylex Seating and later became VP of Sales.

In 2005 I made the decision to go back to my roots and become a manufacturers rep again, partnering with Jim Johnson.  This has been a rewarding and fulfilling time as we have built a first class business devoted to customer service.

I am passionate about football, reading, barbecue, and telling jokes! I have a large network of friends and enjoy spending time with them and my family. I also enjoy mentoring younger designers and salespeople and helping them to achieve their goals and aspirations!

SHARON PARKER

My career in the commercial and residential furniture business started over 30 years ago with Knoll International/Knoll nurturing my love for good design. During that time as the KnollStudio sales representative, I had the pleasure of working and building relationships with incredible customers and the architecture and design communities in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and the state of Louisiana as well as customers. I believe working in the furniture industry teaches me something new every day, and inspires me to be creative.
My husband Doug and I have been married 22 years, and love the outdoors and being in nature. We never miss the opportunity to spend time in the country to walk, hunt, fish, hike, and ride horses. Music and design of all types inspire us, but a good book and a nap are a pleasure too!
My greatest joy has been raising my 3 children, Cole, Morgan, and Grace to be kind, loving, responsible human beings. Each one possessing completely different personalities and interests makes my life full and rich, and this too has inspired me to be creative.

AMANDA BENSON

I channeled my lifelong passion for creativity and attention to detail by earning a degree from the University of Houston in Interior Design and a minor in Architecture.  I spent 11 combined years as a contract and hospitality designer in Houston.  I have created spaces ranging from law firms and universities to hospitals and hotels. I began to see design as a process of “selling” my ideas and solutions to my clients.  It was a natural progression for me to take my career into sales.

 In 2015 I became a contract furniture multi-line sales representative with a local rep group, working with top Houston A&D firms as well as dealers.  After getting my feet wet in sales, I spent the last few years as a residential sales rep for a luxury outdoor furniture company called JANUS et Cie.  I was told in the beginning of my career that if you ever leave the contract world you always come back.  I am very happy to say this is true and am beyond thrilled to be with Johnson Simon as the A&D Market Manager.  

 When I am not with my newly blended family of 7, I love to travel and go to concerts and wineries.  I have a passion for all things Texas including Tex-Mex and Whataburger and am in my fourth year of volunteering at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  I also love to cook and entertain.  After all, life is a party!

MATT RAMSEY

I was born and raised in Houston, and then attended the University of Texas in Austin. After college, I worked for Texas Monthly magazine for a few years while pursuing a career in music in Austin as a singer/songwriter and guitar player. My career eventually led me to Los Angeles where I spent the next 14 years in the music industry.  

 In July 2020, my wife and I decided to return home to Houston where I joined Johnson Simon Resources as a Manufacturers Rep. I enjoy working in the design community and connecting with clients to deliver innovative furniture solutions for their office spaces. 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to concerts, traveling, and playing music. 

JAN MCCORMICK

Born and raised in New Orleans, La. I still have strong ties to Louisiana and try to visit as often as I can.  I graduated with a degree in Interior Design from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and began my career as an Interior Designer in New Orleans.  I eventually progressed from design to Dealer Sales primarily with Herman Miller dealers.

My career brought me to Houston where I accepted a position with Boise Cascade as one of the first Furniture Specialists.  After six years with Boise my career took me to Haworth as a Business Develop Manager. I spent 8 years with Haworth during with time I held several position covering Houston, San Antonio and Austin. I joined Johnson Simon in 2010 and have been the Showroom Manager since.

I enjoy art, architecture, traveling and spending time with my family; including six nieces and nephews, three great nephew and one great niece.