Mary Catherine Johnson
Mary Catherine Johnson grew up in El Paso, Texas, the only daughter in a family of three children and three dogs. Her mother was influential in the vision and mission of Estee Lauder brands worldwide and her grandfather, father, and brothers have been in the warehousing/logistics business for their entire lives. Mary Catherine embarked on her career in cosmetics with an Executive Internship at Estee Lauder Corporation, moving on to Annick Goutal and then Guerlain. She held positions with the company from Counter Manager to Regional Sales Manager, not only growing her territory sales exponentially, but also expanding her understanding of the tools needed to succeed in varying levels along the sales channel. Mary Catherine followed her experience with one of the “beauty giants” and other traditional cosmetic lines with a position as National Sales Manager for Lantz-A-Lot, a brand management firm specializing in entering unknown brands into the cosmetic marketplace. She developed strategic directives in marketing, training, promotions, and sales efforts, further strengthening her conceptual versatility and knowledge of the cosmetic industry.
In 2001 Mary Catherine started the US subsidiary of Caudalie Paris skincare, at the time a successful brand in France, yet next to unknown in the U.S. market. As President of Caudalie, Mary Catherine believed the top priority of the corporate office was to invest in and support the field sales team, yet was simultaneously faced with the costly and time-consuming job of running and managing warehouse employees, accounting, shipping, kitting, etc. It is from this experience, and after creating a successful in-house logistics operation, that Mary Catherine realized the need for a specialized distribution house for beauty brands. She found that very few existing fulfillment houses had even a basic understanding of the special needs associated with cosmetics.
Today Mary Catherine bridges her warehousing know-how with two decades of experience in the cosmetic arena to provide brands with the support they need to thrive and meet their ultimate potential in the tumultuous cosmetic market.
Full of life and charisma, Kevin Johnson, CFO, leads System Beauty with passionate energy. Upon graduation from Fresno State University, Kevin began his career as Division Manager of Brown and Williamson. In the late 1980s, he embarked on a pursuit of real estate, eventually acquiring 2,400+ units and 10 apartment complexes in Dallas, Fort Worth, Farmers Branch, and Reno. He later sold his real estate properties in 2004. One year later, his passion for golf and business savvy mind drove Kevin to buy a country club in 2005, which he then sold in 2009. That same year, he joined the System Beauty team alongside his wife and CEO, MC Johnson.
Throughout his journey at System Beauty, he always comes back to the value of the people that make up the team and the clients he has the privilege of working with. Kevin’s ability to connect with others, his vast business knowledge, and dedication to the System Beauty mission inspire the foundation and future of the System Beauty team and all we have to offer.
Senior Brand Manager
Selfless leadership, a passion for people, and a knack for problem solving are just a few reasons why Betsy Shields serves as our Senior Brand Manager. Betsy’s devotion to System Beauty and her clients allows her to impeccably manage one of our largest brands as well as assist and train brand managers.
Equipped with a B.S in Computer Science, Betsy spent 9 years as an Inventory Manager at AT&T. Upon mastering the supply side of selling, she climbed her way up to Sales Manager, where she was tasked with turning around poorly performing stores as well as opening new stores from the ground up. Additionally, she spent a year as an Inventory Specialist at Walmart, and finally, the past 8 years with System Beauty. Betsy strives towards the goal of operating a second System Beauty Warehouse on the West Coast (preferably in California). Her operational mindedness coupled with an aptitude for dynamic challenges, not to mention her contagious energy, endows System Beauty with unmatched talent that simply can’t be beat.
An Abilene, Texas native, Robert’s love for golf earned him a golf scholarship to New Mexico Military Institute, where he received his Associates Degree, and also to Texas Tech University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Robert led a successful 17 year career as a golf professional in Dallas/Fort Worth to include his membership on the 1998 NTPGA Jordan Cup Team as well as Runner-up in the 1998 Metro Chapter NTPGA Assistant’s Championship. Robert strives to one day play on the Champions Tour.
Serving as our Receiving Manager, Robert spends his days attending to and managing incoming shipments and inventory. With a love for problem solving and a good challenge, he ensures accountability of all shipments with unparalleled attention to detail. Professionally, Robert is a DOT Hazmat Certified Shipper, IMDG Dangerous Goods Certified Shipper, and IATA Dangerous Goods Certified Shipper. Most notably, Robert has over 15 years of warehouse management experience, making him a key part of our team.
Inventory Control Manager
A hard working man of integrity with a big heart, Stephen Smart, or Steve-O as we fondly call him, serves as our Inventory Control Manager. Performing daily cycle counts, yearly inventories, and reconciliations, Steve-O’s dedication to the accountability of warehouse inventory not only aids in operational logistics, but more importantly, in building trust with our clients.
Prior to System Beauty, Steve-O spent 4 years as a maintenance technician for Commercial Property Management, 5 years as a computer technician for Binary Technologies, 5 years with El Fenix Corporation as a truck driver and dock foreman, 3 years with Pepsi Cola as an equipment specialist, and 8 years with Tigi Lenea/Unilever, where he worked as a department lead for over 20 employees. While at Tigi, he assisted in designing a $300,000 conveyor system to maximize flow for the pick pack department. His extensive work experience as well as his strong attention to detail make Steve-O a key player on the System Beauty team.
Outside of work, Steve-O enjoys flying professional high resolution drones through beautiful mountainous landscapes, also known as mountain surfing, would like to one day make billions of dollars as a You Tube sensation.