Wanke Cascade President James "Jim" W. Johnson, died Sept. 18 after a short battle with cancer. He was 57.

Johnson had been in the flooring industry for more than 23 years. He joined Wanke Cascade in June 2008, and grew the company into one of the top distributors in the Pacific Northwest. Johnson set a seemingly radical goal for Wanke Cascade: “Never say no, find a solution to all situations that is fair for all.” Throughout his battle with cancer, Johnson stayed in constant contact with management and sales staff as best he could, right up to his passing.

In a statement, the company said, “Jim brought a contagious energy to work with him every day. His vast knowledge of the industry, combined with his sharp sense of humor, entrepreneurial spirit and unflappable work ethic made him an excellent leader. Jim led by example – he was a mentor to all and a great communicator. He was a true inspiration to every one of us. He was so passionate about Wanke Cascade – he instilled a culture of taking control, making things happen, and providing solutions for our customers. We will carry on this vision in all facets of our business. We are all better people, and a better company for having been part of his life. Jim will be remembered in many wonderful ways.”

Johnson is survived by his wife, Cindy, and by his sons Adam and Kyle, as well as his Wanke Cascade family.