John C. Johnson

IBG Businesssm Managing Partner and Principal

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John C. Johnson is Managing Partner and Owner of Bluestem Resources Group, LLC (BluestemUSA) and IBG Business, operating the Oklahoma office. Since 1987, John has provided strategic counsel; business mergers and acquisitions; and valuations. He serves clients by optimally bringing together strong community, regional and national relationships combined with professional M&A Broker process. John and his firm have managed projects for hundreds of owners of private family and entrepreneurial businesses.

John's career began at Amoco Production Company/Standard Oil of Indiana as a roustabout, in operations research, and as a junior engineer while completing his Petroleum Engineering degree. His work continued at Champlin Petroleum/Union Pacific Corporation as he earned his MBA at Texas Christian University. At Fortune 100 companies, Standard of Indiana and Union Pacific, John held staff and management positions in strategy, business investment analysis, and mergers and acquisitions.

John's expertise has been demonstrated through professional certifications, as a court appointed receiver, and an expert in business valuation and petroleum property management. He has written and taught peers in M&A Broker courses, as well as speaking on "Best Practices" expert panels.

Entrepreneurial/Industry Experience

John is an experienced business owner. He owns and manages a land and cattle business with ranch lands, minerals, petroleum, and timber resources. John grew a startup petroleum gathering and distribution venture to a $12 million business before completing a strategic sale. He organized and manages a buyer group that acquired distressed FDIC loans backed by petroleum interests. He has bought and resold private businesses in manufacturing, business services, and oil processing. Coming from an entrepreneurial family, John understands the sacrifices, stress, risks, and hard work business ownership brings to an owner and the family. He has spent nearly three decades as advisor, advocate and intermediary to business owners.

John was born in Kansas, and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His corporate career took him to DFW in Texas, Denver Colorado, Mid-town New York, and back to Tulsa before he settled near his Northeast Oklahoma ranch. In quite times, Johns enjoys his wife, children and grandchildren, especially outside gardening, working at their ranch, fishing, or hunting.


  • Darrell Fouts Award for visionary leadership in the M&A profession
  • US Small Business Administration - Oklahoma Financial Services Advocate of the Year
  • Acquisition International's - USA M&A Broker of the Year
  • Finalist - Tulsa's Small Business Person of the Year
  • International Business Brokers Association - Chairman's Award for Leadership
  • Tom West Award for exceptional contributions in promoting goals and ethics in business brokerage
  • The M&A Source - Founding Member, Chairman, Officer, Director, Committee Chairs, Strategic Issues Task Force (SITF) Co-Chair
  • International Business brokers Association - President, Director, Treasurer, Chair - Strategic Plan, Co-Author - M&A Course and Certification Exam, Instructor, Speaker and Panelist
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • Member - President's Advisory Counsel of IBBA
  • Business Intermediary Education Foundation (BIEF) - Founder & Director
  • Life Member & Fellow of the IBBA
  • Tulsa Metro Chamber's Financial Services Advocate of the Year
  • Merger & Acquisition Master Intermediary (M&AMI) - The Professional Standard in Mid-Market Transactions
  • Certified Business Intermediary (CBI); National mergers & acquisitions industry certification
  • Member, Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)

Business & Community Involvement

  • The State Chamber for Industry and Commerce - Director
  • Oklahoma Academy for State Goals - Director
  • Leadership Oklahoma - Graduate, Director, Officer
  • Tulsa Executives Association - Director
  • Tulsa Economic Development Corporation - Director
  • Entrepreneurs of Tulsa - Director & Officer
  • Oklahoma Private Enterprise Forum - Director & President
  • The Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence - Director
  • M&A Joint Industry Campaign for Clarity - Steering Committee Co-Chair
  • Paul Harris Fellow
  • Rotary Club of Vinita - President
  • PTO - President
  • Youth Recreation Association - Director, Coach, Referee
  • FUM Church Finance Committee

John C. Johnson

Managing Partner and Principal

(918) 749-6016
(918) 232-5723 Direct

  • Oil & Gas Related
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Business Services
  • Transportation
  • B.S. Petroleum Engineering University of Tulsa
  • Masters in Business Administration
  • Texas Christian University
  • Certified Business Intermediary (CBI)
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Merger & Acquisition Master Intermediary (M&AMI)
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