Scott Johnston leads SmithBucklin’s Information Technology Services unit, which manages both the company’s client-related technology offerings and internal technology systems and initiatives. Scott serves as SmithBucklin’s key technology strategist, directing how the company applies technology to the management and operations of its business, while also playing an instrumental role in setting the technology-related strategic direction for the company’s client organizations, and acquiring and implementing future client offerings.
Scott began his career with SmithBucklin in 1996 as a network analyst supporting the company’s first websites and has since held a variety of positions of increasing leadership and technical responsibility. Throughout his tenure, Scott has provided direction and support for both client and corporate systems. He’s worked closely with employees and client teams in all units and offices, helping to implement many of the company’s current technology and network infrastructure initiatives and achieving significant success in transitioning core client IT services from an in-house development model to third-party partnerships offering Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions. Scott also played a key role in planning the company’s move to its new Chicago office in 2012, rolling out a new phone system and underlying network infrastructure designed and implemented by the Information Technology Services team.
His background includes extensive experience in all areas of corporate IT infrastructure projects, product development management, and Web platform development and design.
Prior to joining SmithBucklin, Scott served as a systems designer at Alta Enterprises, where he provided IT support for a money management firm. He also worked in IT at Goldman Sachs, where he provided network and end user computer support for the Chicago regional office and day-to-day support of PC and network systems. Scott has also held various technical and IT support roles with companies including Elektek and IBM Product Center/NYNEX Business Centers.
He has completed the Regional Leadership Forum, which is a professional development and management course for IT professionals, and is a graduate of the SmithBucklin Leadership Learning Forum.