by Kaylee Hultgren | August 01, 2008

Judy Benaroche Johnson, CMP, and Michael JohnsonOur management styles and skill sets complement each other. ”

Judy Benaroche Johnson, CMP, and Michael Johnson are a wife-and-husband team of pharmaceutical meeting planners. They head their own meetings management company, Rx Worldwide Meetings Inc., based in Plano, Texas.

Why do you work as a team?Judy: When we made the decision to purchase the company six years ago -- I was president at the time -- it made sense to combine our efforts. Mike: Judy brought the meeting planning expertise, and I had held upper-level management positions in the service industry.

How do you divide up tasks and responsibilities?Judy: I’m responsible for marketing, public relations, speaking engagements and contracts. And I still attend meetings as a hands-on operator. Mike: I focus on sales, the daily operational strategy and execution of the concept. Our management styles and skill sets complement each other.

Any advice for other couples looking to plan together? Judy: Have a passion for it, and set aside a time at the end of each day to review and plan. But make sure that the meeting has a start and stop time so you can “leave work” and have a life out of the office. Mike: We don’t agree on every solution or how business always should be conducted, but we respect each other’s opinions and understand when a compromise can be the best solution.