Sandra G. (Sandy) Johnson

Chief Executive Officer


Sandy Johnson began her aerospace career as an engineer with McDonnell Douglas Corporation supporting the Skylab and Space Shuttle programs.  She was part of a group of 8 who worked nights and weekends writing a proposal for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center (JSC) Flight Design Support Services contract. With that win in 1980, Barrios Technology began. In 1993, Sandy purchased the company outright, returning Barrios to its roots as a woman-owned small business. Barrios has continually held prime Government contracts since the day we began.


Under Sandy’s leadership Barrios Technology has continually held prime Government contracts across all 35 years of existence, growing from $10 million in annual revenue when she took the helm to our most recent 3 year average of $82 million. Barrios has earned prestigious awards for the quality of the company’s products and services, including winning NASA’s highest award, the George M. Low Award for Quality and Excellence in 1999 and 2006, the first small business to win in both the Products and Services categories. Barrios was named NASA’s Woman-owned Business of the Year and was selected as one of The Boeing Company’s Suppliers of the Year, remarkable given the fact that Boeing’s supplier base exceeded 26,000 at the time. In 2004, Sandy was awarded NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal. This is the highest honor NASA bestows upon a non-government employee and is granted only to individuals whose distinguished accomplishments contribute substantially to the NASA mission.


In addition to her corporate management responsibilities, Sandy is active in several community organizations.  She is a strong supporter of the United Way of Greater Houston, having served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and chaired the Community Impact Committee.   She served as President of the Engineering and Science Foundation Board for Louisiana Tech University.  She is a past Chairman of the Board of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (twice), the Development and Advisory Council for the University of Houston Clear Lake (UHCL), the Clear Creek Education Foundation, and Communities In Schools – Bay Area.  


Sandy's community achievements have been recognized with numerous award. In 2012 she was presented the UHCL Presidential Medal for her outstanding contributions to the university and community, one of only three recipients of this award in the history of UHCL. That same year the Houston Technology Center recognized her dedication and service in the area of Aerospace Entrepreneurship with their Lifetime Achievement Award.  Sandy is the United Way’s 2015 recipient of the distinguished Robert W. Kneebone Volunteer of the Year Award. The Kneebone Award is the highest honor given to a United Way volunteer in recognition of extraordinary leadership and commitment to community service. 


Sandy earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Louisiana Tech University in 1978 and an MBA from the University of Houston Clear Lake (UHCL) in 1982. Both Louisiana Tech and University of Houston Clear Lake have recognized her as a Distinguished Alumnus.