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Mortar Net® USA, Ltd. selects new president

Gary R. Johnson succeeds Tom Sourlis


Mortar Net® USA, Ltd. has named Gary R. Johnson as president.

Mortar Net® USA, Ltd. has named Gary R. Johnson as president.
Mortar Net® USA, Ltd., the leading producer of moisture management solutions for the masonry industry, has named Gary R. Johnson as president. Johnson succeeds Tom Sourlis, the founder, who continues as chairman of the board and the company’s principal inventor.

Sourlis is enthusiastic about the hiring, “Gary has served the company as an outside director for seven years, making him familiar with our organization, industry and growth opportunities. We are pleased to bring his business leadership experience to Mortar Net® and are confident the company will continue to prosper under his guidance.”

Gary Johnson is an executive with broad experience in leading technology companies to serve global markets. He was chairman, president and CEO of Sawyer Research Products, Inc. (Cleveland, Ohio), the largest producer of quartz crystal for electronic and optical applications. After forming a private equity group to acquire the company from a corporate owner he led the development of new products related to mobile telephones and automotive electronics to achieve a sales growth rate of over 30% per year for more than a decade. He next worked with multiple venture capital groups in advisory, director, and CEO capacities to envision and execute paths to commercialization for emerging technologies. Most recently he was CEO of Blue Spark Technologies, Inc. (Cleveland, Ohio). Blue Spark is a pioneer in developing printed batteries to power printed electronics systems to enable a new category of products with extraordinary thinness and flexibility.

He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and an MS degree in Industrial Administration, both from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Johnson currently is chairman of the board of the Cleveland Institute of Art and a director of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. Gary is a native of northwest Indiana, graduating from Horace Mann High School (Gary). He and his wife Brenda will reside in Miller Beach.

“I am delighted to join the Mortar Net® team,” said Johnson. He continued, “Under Tom’s leadership he and the team have established a proud record of nearly 20 years of innovation and growth that provides a solid foundation for the future. Mortar Net® has a talented organization, superior market position, and the resources to support continued success. I look forward to working with the management team and business partners to address the exciting challenges and opportunities that are before us.”

For more information, contact Mortar Net® USA, Ltd., 326 Melton Road, Burns Harbor, IN 46304, 800-664-6638, or email at

About the Author

Candice Sexton is the Advertising & Marketing Coordinator for Mortar Net® USA, Ltd.


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