Nancy Johnson has five decades of show management experience, and her company brings to all their events year-round professional and personalized service in California, Colorado and Utah. She is second generation show management, the daughter of an industry visionary, Walt Johnson. Walt founded COLLECTORS' EXTRAVAGANZA® in 1969, and his event was the first antiques and collectibles show to bear a federal mark. His influence was significant, and show managers from around the country would regular visit the Johnson shows to see what "that man in the Midwest" was doing. His innovations led to what would be known as the "mega show".
Nancy joined the the Johnson organization as Walt's partner in 1975. In 1996, the company was incorporated as a privately held corporation. Walt never completely retired, but at the signing of the corporation papers, he proudly told his daughter, who by then had twenty-seven years experience in managing shows, "it's your baby, now". Nancy Johnson Events Management LLC is wholly owned by Collectors' Extravaganza Corp. An ad agency and Nancy Johnson Booksellers are component are parts of the company as well.
The San Francisco Antiquarian Book Print & Paper Fair® acquired a registered trademark in 2017. The long-time biennial Fair became an annual affair with the February 2019 Fair.
As the four term President of PSMA (Professional Show Managers Association), Nancy co-authored the Federal Trade Commission web-document How to Shop Wisely For Antiques.
COLLECTORS' EXTRAVAGANZA Corp® donates part of its pre-tax profits to the Walter and Frances Goodman Johnson Foundation, a non-profit and non-political organization established in 1997. The focus of the Foundation is children and adult literacy and education.