Sandy Johnson, our CEO, has been with Barrios Technology since the very beginning. She was part of the team that developed the winning proposal for the NASA JSC Flight Design Support Services contract in 1980, which led to the founding of the company. Sandy holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Louisiana Tech University and an MBA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). She is a Distinguished Alumnus of both.


Sandy began her aerospace career as an engineer with McDonnell Douglas Corporation, supporting the Skylab and Space Shuttle programs. Early on at Barrios, she transitioned from technical roles to project management, business development, and executive positions. She realized she had atalent and passion for business and in 1993 she bought Barrios outright.


Under Sandy’s leadership, Barrios has continuously held government contracts and both Barrios and Sandy have earned many prestigious awards, including:

  • NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal (the highest honor NASA bestows upon a non-government employee, granted only to individuals whose distinguished accomplishments contributed substantially to the NASA mission).
  • Two NASA George M. Low Awards for Quality and Excellence (the first small business to win Products and Services categories)
  • Two JSC Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year awards
  • NASA Woman-Owned Business of the Year
  • Boeing Company’s Supplier of the Year Award


Sandy and her husband Doug, a retired Rockwell International program executive, have two daughters, Kelly and Lori, married to Jack and Vincenzo, and three grandsons – Jackson, Oliver, and Theodore. In her spare time, Sandy enjoys traveling, walking, playing pickleball, and spending time with her precious grandsons.


Sandy believes that everyone should give back. She is a community champion and over the years has been involved in the leadership of several organizations:

  • United Way of Greater Houston
  • Engineering and Science Foundation Board for Louisiana Tech University
  • President’s Council for the University of Houston Clear Lake (UHCL)
  • Clear Creek Education Foundation
  • Communities in Schools – Bay Area
  • Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership


Sandy’s community work has been widely recognized:

  • UHCL Presidential Medal for outstanding contributions to the university and community (the third recipient of this award in the history of UHCL)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from The Houston Technology Center for her dedication and service to aerospace entrepreneurship.
  • United Way of Greater Houston’s Robert W. Kneebone Volunteer of the Year Award (the highest honor given to a United Way volunteer acknowledging extraordinary leadership and commitment to community service)