The Gallery at Firehouse Square is the vision of John S. Johnson, a man who spent a lifetime on or near the sea. A native of Mamaroneck, New York, John has lived for over 40 years in Connecticut. A graduate of Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics, he started his professional life in the international banking world. John soon gravitated to a family marine hardware business and ultimately became a founding partner of Brewer Yacht Yards in Mamaroneck, NY. A born entrepreneur, John’s long list has a common underlying element: the coastal waters. His current businesses include the Gallery at Firehouse Square and Thames River Properties, New London; the Allen Spool Mill Building, Mystic; Newport Marine Products; JBG Ventures LLC and USA Ltd. Partnership.

John’s civic responsibilities are numerous: Chairman OpSail Connecticut; Treasurer and Board Member, National Coast Guard Museum Association; Port Authority Commissioner –State of Connecticut; Vice Chairman Legislative Affairs CT; Marine Trades Association, and Vice Chairman, Old Lyme Zoning Commission.