Right at Home Technologies
Industry Experience: 46 Years
Ric Johnson started in the building trades as a young boy, working with his grandfather Melvin on carpentry projects around the farm. Melvin, a retired journeyman carpenter, taught Ric many of the basic business and construction paths he follows today.
In 1967, Ric joined Don Fagaly, a general contractor, in White Oak, Ohio during his final years in high school and college. Working with Ray and Don Fagaly, Ric built his first house in 1968, starting with footers, coating foundation walls, framing, roofing, etc. During this construction, Ric worked with a local electrical contractor, which piqued his interest in electrical and electronics. In October 1968, while attending the University of Cincinnati’s Engineering College, Ric purchased the assets of Oakeana Electrical.
In 1978, R L Johnson Construction Services, LLC was established with Johnson providing carpentry, electrical and electronics services to local and regional builders and remodelers. Today, Right at Home Technologies, Ltd. is the parent company with operating divisions:
- RL Johnson Construction Services – developer of Active Adult housing – inactive
- Ric’ Electric – a design/build electrical contractor, State of Ohio License #20949
- Elite Systems Solutions – an Electronic Systems Contractor
- Ohio Home Theatre – a design/build ESC of entertainment spaces
- Doctors Technologies – a commercial design/build electronics integration firm specializing in medical office technologies
- Excentrique – a nationally recognized training and speaking firm specializing in explaining technology for aging and caregivers.
Johnson has served seven terms as President of the West Central Builders Association in Lima, Ohio, currently serving as immediate Past President. He continues to serve as their State and National Director. Johnson is currently the Chair of the Custom Home Builders, Home Technology Work Group, is a member of the Energy and Green Codes and Standards Subcommittee, and Business Management and Technology Committee. Johnson is a nationally recognized speaker and educator on home technology, having served as Content Provider for NAHB’s University of Housing’s IRM Home Technology Course and as SME for the latest Advance Certified Aging in Place course. He has served as IT Consultant to the Executive Committee of the Ohio Home Builders. He was the recipient of the 2015 Garrison-McDaniel Memorial Award from the Ohio Home Builders Association.
Johnson served eight years as a board member of the Consumers Technology Association’s TechHome Division, seven years on the CTA’s Small Business Council and seven years on the CTA’s Multi-Room Audio/Video Council. In March of 2010, he was awarded the CTA’s Mark of Excellence Leadership Award. Johnson serves as a Mentor for CompTIA and has served as Chair of CTA’s TechHome division’s Builder Initiative. Ric has also served as a CEDIATweep promoting the annual CEDIA Expo. In December 2013, Ric was included in the first class of CEPro magazine’s Masters of the CE industry for his forty-plus years of service.
Johnson, a Master Electrician, carries a State of Ohio Electrical Contractors license, a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music in Broadcast Arts/Production, Minor in Musical Theater Vocal, Master of Electrical Engineering – Power Systems from the University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering.
Johnson is married to his beautiful wire Dorothy, has three children, and six grandchildren.