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My name is Todd Johnson. I’m a family man, sports fiend, health nut, technology buff, long-time stock investor, and a very lucky mountain climber, all of which has shaped my philosophy as a professional investor for the last 30 years. As my interests might suggest, I am always looking for the upside while striving to minimize risks.
My new passion, which I have realized through DividendLab.com project, is helping other investors learn more about investing; investing in stocks and other assets that are subject to wide price swings can actually enhance their returns when the right investment strategy is applied. To that end, I read company 10k and 10q statements so they can skip them. I compile and analyze the market research that isn’t always at their fingertips. And I don’t make any investment recommendation without committing my own funds first, which is the purest form of accountability.
My mother a ceramist and father a chemical engineer. I graduated in mechanical engineering but went on to get a degree in architecture since we still did not teach industrial design in Quebec, my career wish. Started off with Bombardier Research Dept. as a junior designer, a year later becoming chief designer at Sno*Jet, authoring 25 snowmobile models in 4 years (including the legendary Thunder*Jet racing sled ). After our best racer Jim Adema was killed, I went to Finland to help develop the first unbreakable injected cross-country skis with Karhu, later as an architect building the Cowansville QC factory. I later worked for green energies with IREQ, a research branch of Hydro-Quebec where I also designed all 500 of the heliported service modules for the very high-voltage lines from the James Bay to southern Quebec. I later developed the machinery and models to produce the first mobile homes manufactured as assembled from only 6 giant size foam-injected panels from the world's largest press, a 80' x 12' x 16' toaster-like behemoth that fed a half-mile long assembly line from overhead trolleys. Panelized or fully assembled, these were sold from the Arctic to the Middle-East thanks to their rigidity and high insulation value. Then I founded my own company called Archimede Systems to develop and sell from a freshly patented idea of mine (USPO#4462191). This was 1981 when money was not available and real estate was dead, yet without spending a cent in advertising we sold $12 million in the second year, building a second factory a year later and soon exporting thousands of those stilt houses to 9 countries, mostly as ski resorts(Rockies) or beach resorts (Carribeans). I sold my Canadian patent to my partners and went on to refine the US patent inside a new plant in Los Alamos NM, building the Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge, commercial and DOE buildings. Then I built a new factory in FL and another one in LA for exports to South America, delivering condos to Venezuela and other markets. Those were erected in a day and finished in less than a week, coming with everything including AC and appliances. We typically fitted 3 houses in two containers, usually a mix of 80,100,120 m2 size, of one or 2 stories. Upon retiring, I formed the Archimede Institute , a non-profit to promote exportable housing that can resist hurricanes, earthquakes floods and mudslides. Recently, after a conclusive study, I formed Hi-Tect Corporation with a plant in Mexico to design and export prefab housing that can resist all of the above including resistance to tsunamis (see www.hi-tect.com). I now equally run a design office with a staff of 10 as a non-profit to disseminate building techniques for areas prone to all natural disasters including tsunamis. We set-up a testing facility in Baja California and co-wrote a computer program that we distribute freely to help design and manage large of small hi-tect projects anywhere in the world. see www.hi-tect.org. Because of the difficulty of recruiting members that are qualified in the area of natural disaster management of housing and shelters, we have now decided to have our status changed to a for-profit of the PBC type, a 'Public Benefit Corporation' now accepted in California. This new company category fits our mandate and operations to a 'T' , filling us with the hope of more quickly recruiting the engineers, programmers, NGO managers and others we very much want in our team. Please apply with me if you want to join our exciting venture as active investor. Come back here to view a TED TALK we are to give this winter.
'James Peatree' is a pen name, the English translation of my real name in French: Jacques B. Poirier
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6+ years in trading & analyst roles. Most previously worked on the retail side of an FX broker, prior to that ran an event driven portfolio for a family office in Los Angeles and before that worked at a small futures fund in Scottsdale, Arizona. Currently trading own accounts running trend trading strategies across Crude, Russell 2000, Euro as well as various US equity options trades. Founder @SharkAnalytics . KISS is the motto.
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