WILLITS – When OJ Johnson began working for a moving company, he thought it would be a temporary job on his way to a permanent career. To his surprise, it presented an opportunity to pursue professional excellence. “After serving as a youth pastor for eight years, I decided it was time to move on and follow a different career path,” he recounts. “I got a job with a moving company in Marin County, just to have an income while I considered my next step. As it turned out, I really liked the moving business and decided to stay in it. After a year of learning the process and gaining experience, I started my own company.”
Today, as owner of Movers of Excellence, OJ’s favorite part of his job is its versatile character. “Owning a moving business is fulfilling on many different levels,” he explains. “There’s the relational aspect, where I get to serve customers and help people; there’s the physical aspect, where I’m lifting and carrying things; and there’s the administrative aspect, where I’m running and growing my business.”
A resident of the North Bay (where he lives with his wife, Cassie, and their two daughters), OJ says he appreciates the diversity of the local landscape. “In my opinion, there’s no greater place to live than here. The ocean is an hour west, the redwoods are a couple of hours north, there’s San Francisco, Lake Tahoe…there’s just so much to do and see. I’ve been to a lot of beautiful places, but this is probably the best.”
Outside of work, OJ keeps busy in his role as a full-time family man. “These days, it’s all about family,” he affirms. “We like spending time together by playing games, having dinner and going to church.” Additionally, OJ enjoys sports-related pastimes like playing basketball and softball, as well as watching local sports teams like the Giants, Warriors and 49ers.
In regard to his professional career, OJ emphasizes the significance of his company’s namesake. “With the name ‘Movers of Excellence,’ we truly strive to do everything with excellence in mind,” he explains. “It’s not just me—this mindset runs through our whole company. My guys get really disappointed if something goes wrong because they care about our clients, their properties and their experiences with us. At the end of the day, we really want excellence to be the word that defines our service.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, OJ says he’d spend some quality time with his family. “As a mover, I spend a lot of time on the road and work long hours, so it’s hard to fit in as much family time as I’d like. If I were to retire tomorrow, I’d probably take my family on a trip to Hawaii. Cassie and I got married in Maui 10 years ago, so it’d be neat to go back and bring our daughters along.”