Full Name: Derren S. Johnson
Company: Derren S. Johnson & Associates, APLC
Hometown: Baton Rouge
Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do to help people deal with the stress of financial problems and work through them.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
I think my greatest professional accomplishment is still to come.
What was your first job?
My first job was in sales.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
The best advice I ever received was that sometimes good enough really is good enough.
Who do you most admire in the local business community and why?
Edward Walters and Larry Roedel. Both started successful law firms from the ground up and neither have compromised their values.
If you could have any job other than your own, what would it be?
I would be an architect.
What is the greatest personal or professional obstacle you’ve overcome?
The greatest professional obstacle I’ve overcome is being female.
If you started over, what would you do differently?
What is your prescription for life?
I think Yoda says it best, “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”
What book are you currently reading?
Paul Simon’s Song Lyrics
If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be?
I would have dinner with Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Bob Dylan.
Who would play you in a movie?
What do you do to unwind?
To unwind, I like to work in the garden.
What is the most expensive purchase you’ve made for yourself?
My car, a BMW 325i convertible.
What is your favorite weekend activity?
What is your theme song?
“Let it Be” by the Beatles
What is your favorite spot in Baton Rouge?
My favorite spot is the LSU vet school parking lot on a Saturday during football season.
How do you take your coffee/tea?
I take my coffee with cream and splenda, and my tea straight.
What is your favorite movie? TV show? Band?
The Godfather; The Office; The Beatles
What is your favorite gadget?
What is something that you cannot live without?
If you could change one thing about Baton Rouge, what would it be?
I would make a loop around the city.
What is your greatest hope for Baton Rouge?
My greatest hope for Baton Rouge is that it does not grow too big.
What is your greatest fear for Baton Rouge?
My greatest fear is that Baton Rouge will grow too big.