Bucky Johnson

Atlanta native Bucky Johnson brings decades of public service experience to Pendleton clients, and specializes in helping individuals and organizations reach their full potential. He is a five-term Mayor of Norcross, GA, served as President of the Gwinnett Municipal Association, Chair of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association and Chair of the Metro Atlanta Roundtable for the Transportation Investment Act. He has worked in public education at the high school and university levels, local government and private business.

A 2009 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett and the Regional Leadership Institute, Johnson served as the Gwinnett Mayoral representative to the Atlanta Regional Commission. Prior to serving as Mayor, he was Director of Bands and Chair of the Music Department at Georgia Tech. He founded and served as Director of the Atlanta Olympic Band from 1992-1996.  Johnson and his wife, Janet, are the owners of the Southern Star Music Festival, which has been in business since 1992. He has held numerous leadership and board roles and has been recognized for his community service.

Under Johnson’s leadership as Mayor of Norcross, the city reduced taxes, renovated existing parks, created six new parks, attracted mixed use developments, negotiated for a new Gwinnett County Library to be built in downtown Norcross, and moved its maintenance facility from historic downtown to an industrial area. He was instrumental in achieving ARC Lifelong Community Status and ARC Platinum Certification for Sustainability.  He led efforts for the annexation of 1.2 square miles; the beautification of the Buford Highway corridor; the new Service Delivery Strategy between the county and Gwinnett cities; and the sale of the city water and sewer systems to Gwinnett County. He was a leader in economic development that brought new employers, including Hyundai of the Americas, Suniva, FedEx, and IMG to the community. He worked with other leaders, including Gateway 85 CID, on transportation and safety improvements, and implementation of the Livable Centers Initiatives that improved downtown. He supported acquisition of the Historic Cotton Gin and its transfer to the Downtown Development Authority, partnered with Gas South on an affinity program, and was involved with branding the City of Norcross as A Place to Imagine.


  • “Man of the Year” – Gwinnett Magazine in 2011
  • Public Service Award – Gwinnett Chamber 2010
  • Leadership Award of Excellence – Partnership Gwinnett 2011
  • Imagination in Economic Development – Partnership Gwinnett 2017
  • Outstanding Public Service and Leadership Award – Latin American Association
  • Georgia Bandmaster of the Year – Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Association
  • Outstanding Faculty for Education and Practice – Georgia Tech College of Architecture
  • A Frank Martin Award for Leadership – National Office of Kappa Kappa Psi


  • Bachelor and Master of Music Education from the University of Georgia


  • He and his wife, Janet, reside in Norcross and have two sons and four grandchildren.