FARMINGDALE, N.Y., Feb. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Monte Johnston was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He is currently the owner of Automatic Auto Finance (AAF) in Springdale, Arkansas. Mr. Johnston earned his B.A., Magna Cum Laude in Finance at the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business – graduated as Outstanding Student of Finance (1992). He interned with Stephens Inc. Investment Bankers in Little Rock. After his internship with Stephens Inc., he pursued his desire to build and lead his own business. He began by operating A&C Services, a temporary employment agency in Fort Smith. This was followed by a partnership to launch an international food brokerage company, Alliance International, in Fayetteville. In 1997, he established Automatic Auto Finance (AAF). In addition, he is heavily involved in the residential construction business in Northwest Arkansas. He and his business partner have owned and operated Signature Builders, Inc. for more than a decade. They develop land and construct an average of 50 homes a year. His newest challenge is the Medical Marijuana (MMJ) Industry. He is in the process of partnering with Green Leaf, LLC to form Green Alternatives, LLC in Oahu, Hawaii (expecting to receive one of only eight licenses to be awarded in 2016). His objective is to legally provide our Wounded Warriors with an alternative to the medications that are currently available. The intent is to provide pain medications that do not create addictions that only prolong and increase the physiological scars to the physical and mental ones they already experience. He feels strongly and is deeply committed to this generational opportunity. Mr. Johnston has demonstrated that leadership and know-how can run in families. His family has been connected to the farming community in Arkansas his entire life. Following in the skilled footsteps of his heritage he has thrived in the business start-up world and developed an impressive portfolio.
Automatic Auto Finance (AAF) based in Springdale, Arkansas has multi-location dealerships and offers customers with credit challenges the opportunity to purchase and finance reliable vehicles on site. The company's sales model was paired with a solid related finance company (Jorja Trading, Inc.) which has been in operation since 1997 and is continuing its success. He was named Professional of the Year (2015) in Automotive Sales and Management by Strathmore's Who's Who Global Network for Outstanding Professionals and was once honored as a leading business professional under the age of 40 in Northwest Arkansas. He has also appeared regularly as panelist and speaker with the National Alliance of "Buy Here Pay Here" dealers. Mr. Johnston's time off from his numerous business ventures is spent in personal training and, most of all, spending time with his family, including his beloved daughters.
The Professional of the Year membership in Strathmore's Who's Who is awarded to those candidates who have achieved recognition in their respective industry or profession for their accomplishments and who have established a commendable reputation. This membership honors individuals who have reached the highest standards of business practices and, as such, should be recognized for their standings in the business world. Strathmore's Who's Who is pleased to honor Monte Johnston for his achievements.
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