Johnny Bell, CEO and
Director of Business Operations
Johnny Bell’s ability to start and grow businesses from inception makes him an ideal director of Gemini Marine Exploration’s business operations. He works carefully to manage the company’s finances.
Bell is a successful business owner with years of experience in various industries. In 1991 he founded a modular cabinet supply company, Cabinet Art, in his garage. In 2005, after growing to a multi-million dollar southern California cabinet supplier, it was acquired by Masco, a Fortune 500 company.
Additionally, in 2002, Johnny capitalized on the success of motorcycle culture reality television shows and opened Bad Habit Cycle Shop, which quickly expanded to 7,500-square-foot showroom with clothing and branded products. Bell innovated and rented the shop space as an event venue, attracting high profile clients such as Coachella, Marriott Hotels and Rhapsody.com before selling it 2005.
Bell manages several large public events including the San Diego Kids Expo & Fair and the STEAM Maker Festival, both at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. He started the Kids Expo in 2011 and STEAM Maker show in 2014. The Kids Expo became the largest of its kind in the entire U.S. in only a few years. The "STEAM" Maker Festival showcases Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. He established a non-profit entity, Stock & Foil Community Development Corporation, to provide assistance to children who are unable to afford music classes and equipment.
Bell enjoys adapting his prowess to the new terrain of underwater recovery. His goal is to raise awareness of the historical shipwreck recovery industry for the purposes of education and increased value to the recovery project.