After graduating Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting, Eric Johannsen began his career of private accounting with United Resin Products in Green Brook NJ, primarily responsible for Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable. Eric’s role at this manufacturing company laid the foundation for his extensive career in Accounting.
Thereafter, Eric became Controller for United Phosphorus, Inc, a Trenton based company that sold Agricultural Chemicals (herbicides and pesticides) for both Farm (crops) and Ornamental (lawn and garden) application. Eric then made the transition to Accounting Manager for TAH Industries (a Plastic Injection Molding company that produced static mixers for the adhesive industry) in Robbinsville, NJ, before the company was sold to Nordson EFD.
Prior to joining Paris Corporation, Eric was the Controller for 10 years at Thwing-Albert Instrument Company, a leading manufacturer of advanced testing instrumentation for the evaluation of physical properties in a wide range of materials. At TA, Eric gained experience in Corporate Accounting and Management. He was responsible for Financial Reporting-Statements, managing AP and AR, Cash Flow, Inventory, and the General Ledger.
With positions ranging from his first job as an Accounting Clerk to his previous job as Controller, Eric brings over 30 years of experience in finance with 20 years spent in management positions to Paris. In his current role of Controller, Eric is responsible for the daily and monthly Finance/Accounting functions including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Credit & Collections, Internal Controls, and Regulatory Compliance at Paris.
Paris’ family atmosphere is what drew Eric to Paris, along with how highly employees are valued. Andrew Carnegie once said, “Take away my people, but leave my factories, and soon grass will grow on the factory floors. Take away my factories, but leave my people, and soon we will have a new and better factory.” Eric wholeheartedly agrees and feels that Paris embodies this statement as well.
Eric Johannsen has always tried to lead by example – this is true for the people he’s worked with/for, with his children, with volunteer groups, and many other relationships. He has earned the respect of management, his co-workers, and his staff. He believes every employee within a company has value and brings something important to its overall success. “No matter what your title, you deserve respect for doing your job.” Eric would never ask anyone to do something that he is not willing to do himself. You will often see him with his sleeves rolled up, because he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, literally and figuratively.