Linda Johansen-James

Chief Executive Officer CLS CRX

Linda Johansen-James prides herself on her ability to change lives. Starting with American Kiosk Management when there were 6 Proactiv locations, in 6 short years Linda and the AKM team grew the business to almost 400 locations throughout North America.  With the introduction of new brands and automated retail, Linda has been instrumental in AKM becoming the largest owner-operated specialty retailer in the world. Over the past 12 years, she has made a huge difference in the lives of our team, our growing client list, and most importantly our guests. She travels frequently; staying connected to the business. Linda loves to interact with our guests and has an amazing connection with the teams. In addition to her role as CEO, this working knowledge of the business has helped her guide the company and our clients with an ongoing focus on what is really happening in specialty retail.

After a distinguished career in sales and marketing, Linda was the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. She was also involved in the planning committee supporting the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games.  Linda was the founder and Co-Owner of Creative Marketing Resources in Utah.

Linda is the Vice-Chairman and an active board member for Camp Soaring Eagle, and has been involved with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for 15 years. She is currently in her 8th year of service as a member of the CEO Advisory Board for St. Jude.   AKM was one of the first companies to participate in the Thanks and Giving program.  Linda also started the Salt Lake Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Linda is an active member and frequent speaker for industry Associations ICSC and Spree and holds the distinction of Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS) and Certified Retail Executive (CRE).

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