Tuesday, February 3, 2009

George Dean Johnson

In Spartanburg, South Carolina, the name George Dean Johnson is certainly more well-known than it is elsewhere around the country. Part of this is because his name is attached to the business school at USC Upstate. Others may know him from his role in luring BMW to South Carolina, where it now operates a manufacturing plant and employs over 23,000 people. (Johnson acquired the land that BMW wanted and donated it to the project.)

Johnson is a classic entrepreneur, having made his fortune in a wide variety of industries, ranging from waste management to video rentals. He is one of the lesser known partners from the Blockbuster Video empire, having partnered with Wayne Huizenga and managed the franchise rights for Blockbuster for much of the Southeast U.S. Johnson’s energies are now focused on developing Extended Stay America, a chain of extended stay hotels.

Johnson would be a Hero of Capitalism for his entrepreneurial spirit alone, but once you consider that he has used his wealth and power to promote education (USC Upstate) and to encourage investment (BMW), he becomes an even more obvious candidate for recognition by this site.

Johnson Bio

1 comment:

Louie said...

George Dean...congratulations and thank you for considering the needs of others as important as your own (ph2:3-5). I would certainly be blessed if you invited me for a duck hunt at Pon Pon. Respectfully,
Louie Costa DMD MD