President, Ace Clearwater Enterprises
Kellie Johnson is president of Ace Clearwater Enterprises, a family business she joined in 1985. Specializing in complex formed and welded assemblies, the company, based in Torrance, Calif., has grown to nearly 200 employees with 2012 projected revenue at $32 million. Johnson is on the board of the National Association of Manufacturers, and is the chair of NAM's small and medium manufacturers group. She is also a trustee of the Manufacturing Institute. Johnson was named the 2008 California Industry Person of The Year by the California Industrial and Technology Education Association. She is involved the local school system, speaking about careers in manufacturing and encouraging educators to promote manufacturing as a career path. Her company promotes internship programs, working with community colleges and universities to expose young people to engineering and other manufacturing-related careers. Johnson graduated from the University of Southern California in 1982 with a B.A. in international relations.