While able to step away from his Industrial Engineering studies at NC State, Johnny has focused on pursuing multiple start-ups in recent years. Wanting to combine his interests in climbing and engineering, Johnny helped co-found Acorn Climbing in 2017. With the help of the Entrepreneurship Garage, he sustainably designed, prototyped, and manufactured a hangboard that would serve as the backbone to the company. In addition to running Acorn, Johnny has begun work with Stellar Farms, a concept to help lower the amount of resources current agriculture consumes.
Watch Johnny’s end of year interview here: