We had the good fortune of connecting with Rene Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rene, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Wanted to help the youth achieve their goals. It didn’t matter if that was through sports or anything else. I knew we lacked positive role models in our neighborhood and surrounding communities. Figured I would play my part.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Brand is “GO Athletics” we’re an Athletic company looking to move the needle in a slightly different direction. Our roots, foundation and neighborhood sets us apart from other athletic brands. Grass rooted in the heart of Los Angeles since 2010, in a space where creativity and soul are born. The spirit of the brand lives in athletic culture, the struggles of the community, and the love of people. I am proud to still be in pursuit of the goal and vision of Go Athletics. Just staying the course is what I’m most proud of. Getting to where we are currently wasn’t easy but we stayed on the path through all the bumps and flat tires. Consistency has been the biggest hurdle thus far. Not coming from a business background nor working class family just makes starting your own business that much harder. A businesses ability to be consistent day after day will elicit consistent growth. This is the major key to business we learned along the way. We want the world to know that we are coming and our goal is to change lives, create opportunities and become one of the biggest athletic brands of all time.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First thing first we’re getting a workout out in. Either the Jefferson stairs in Culver city or Runyan Canyon in Hollywood. Then we will hit up a good juice bar and get a smoothie or fruit bowl. Next we’ll probably hit the beach Venice and Santa Monica. After the beach head over Sage bistro and grab lunch. We’ll be hitting the Drew league to watch some basketball games in Compton. Late night we’re going out to some comedy clubs for uncontrollable laughs.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
God first for surrounding me with people who genuinely care about me. My Grandmother who was always there throughout my childhood may she rest well. Shout out to my my guys DeSean Stacy, Dwayne Jones and my younger brother Askia booker. These guys really set a good example for me to follow and more importantly were always there when I was at my lowest points. My wife Tianah Johnson who showers me with love and support. My close friend Clifford William the best camera guy in California and my good friend Fil Fury the best Art director in the northern hemisphere.
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