Gary Johnston is the owner and founder of Jaycar Electronics, a retailer of electronic goods outside of mainstream consumer electronics. There are over 100 company-owned shops across Australia and New Zealand. In addition to Jaycar, Mr. Johnston has industrial and wholesale business interests in electronics which span across 9 countries in Asia. He has also recently ventured in to the ‘Grey Nomad’ market with his newest retail chain, Road Tech Marine. These stores are aimed at the avid Australian traveller who has interests in off-road, camping, caravanning and boating. There are currently 16 stores Australia wide with a further 7 to come by the end of the year.
The group that he owns employs over 1000 people.
A Lifelong Wests Tigers NRL supporter, Mr. Johnston’s retail company is the major sponsor of the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs NRL team. He maintains a very active interest in the sport of Rugby League.
Several years ago Mr. Johnston donated a seven figure sum to The University of New South Wales to establish a chair in water management and research. This chair, named after Mr. Johnston, operates out of the UNSW annex at Manly Dam in Sydney’s north. Mr. Johnston was a member of the UNSW Science Faculty Advisory Council but reluctantly resigned due to time constraints.
He is married to wife Kerry and they have a young son. He has 3 adult children from a previous marriage. Mr. Johnston lives in Sydney and maintains an active interest in water, aviation, and other issues concerning the physical environment.