Title: Utility Consultant
Company: Arizona Corporation Commission
Location: Peoria, Arizona, United States
Virgil Johnston, Utility Consultant for the Arizona Corporation Commission, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
Prior to his professional pursuits, Mr. Johnston served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1947, receiving an honorable discharge. Following his military service, he garnered experience as an electrical construction lineman for various contractors from 1948 to 1957. From 1957 to 1963, he worked as a corrosion inspector for the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company in Kansas City, Missouri, and in 1963 he completed his education in electrical engineering with the International Correspondence Schools in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Mr. Johnston subsequently accepted a position as a corrosion engineer at the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company, which he held until 1972 when he rose to the rank of an area superintendent. In 1975, he became a supervising engineer, and later became chief corrosion engineer, a position he held until he retired in 1986. He has since shared his expertise as a utility consultant with the Arizona Corporation Commission.
For his excellence in the field, Mr. Johnston has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades. He received recognition for special service from the Southern Gas Association in 1980, a service award from the operating section of the American Gas Association in 1982 and an award of merit in 1985. He additionally was presented with a Professional of the Year Award from the State of Arizona in 1988. In addition to his primary professional pursuits, Mr. Johnston maintains memberships to numerous organizations. He is affiliated with the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, for which he served as the chairman of the Arizona Corrosion Correlating Committee in 1990, as well as the Masons and the Shriners.
Mr. Johnston became involved in his field because, upon returning from the army, he knew he did not want to follow the path of his family and become a farmer. He went to school in Chicago to become an air conditioning and refrigeration technician, but faced severe economic difficulties and went to work for a contractor after marrying his wife, Laverne May Himmel. He heard through a coworker that the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company was looking for someone like him, and he ended up working for the company for the entirety of his career. Mr. Johnston considers the highlight of his career to be achieving the rank of chief corrosion engineer at the company. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, reading, computers, and investment monitoring. As a testament to his success and stature, Mr. Johnston has been selected for inclusion in the 23rd edition of Who’s Who in the West, published in 1992.
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