SJ Partners LLC CEO Scott Johnson was honored yesterday evening as a winner of the Annual 40 Under 40 M&A Advisor Recognition Award. Each year 40 winners and 40 finalists from each of three regions are chosen from a pool of prominent nominees by an independent judging panel of business leaders. Nominees are selected based on professional accomplishments, expertise, and community and charitable involvement.

“For over a decade we have been recognizing US and international transactions, firms and dealmakers for their achievements. In 2010 we initiated the 40 UNDER 40 Awards to recognize the emerging industry leaders” says Roger Aguinaldo, CEO of The M&A Advisor. “This year our judges reported that they were truly challenged to select just 40 winners and 20 runners up from such an accomplished group of Awards Finalists.”

Mr. Johnson is the founder and CEO of SJ Partners LLC, a middle market private equity group that focuses on the consumer and services industry. He founded the firm over 10 years ago; he previously served as an operating company CFO and worked in equity research at Salomon Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch. He has a BA, MIA (Masters of International Affairs), and MBA from Columbia University where he continues his involvement as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School.

“I am honored to join such a distinguished group of professionals,” added Mr. Johnson