On May 24, we were proud to welcome Robert Johnson ’05 to campus as the keynote speaker at our 2023 Senior-Alumni Luncheon. An annual tradition, the Senior-Alumni Luncheon officially welcomes graduating seniors into the Alumni Association.
Robert Johnson is an entrepreneur by acquisition. He and his business partner own Schulz Iron Works, which designs, fabricates, and installs custom monumental and architectural signs. Robert was a lifer at GDS and an All Conference basketball and tennis player. Robert’s children (Cross ’34 and Worth ’37) are currently third-generation GDS students.
Robert graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009. He then went through BB&T’s leadership development program and spent more than a decade in corporate banking. Robert is also active in his community, serving as a volunteer basketball coach at GDS, as a member of the UNC Greensboro Board of Visitors, and as board chair of the Miriam P. Brenner Children’s Museum.
During his speech, Robert told the class of 2023 that, “Success is where preparation & opportunity meet! Greensboro Day School has provided you with the preparation to be successful in college and in your careers. GDS has prepared you with superior study skills compared to your peers. Get off to a good start freshman year academically; it’ll allow you breathing room if you hit a bump in the road. Seek out help and support: GDS has taught you how to seek out help and support. Use it in getting help with schoolwork, getting interviews, asking to be mentored professionally, and seeking out additional industry education. GDS has provided you with the opportunity to develop your leadership and teamwork skills. Every day is a job interview: have a good handshake, be punctual, and make eye contact. In today’s world, there is way too much texting and emailing—go have an in-person conversation. You are prepared and opportunities await. Go be successful!”