George Dean Johnson, JR., Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Director

George D. Johnson, Jr. was a founder, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Extended Stay America, Inc. He is a former President of the Domestic Consumer Division of Blockbuster Entertainment, a division of Viacom, Inc. In that position, he was responsible for all U.S. video and music stores. Mr. Johnson has over 30 years of experience developing and managing various businesses. He was formerly the managing general partner of WJB Video, the largest Blockbuster franchisee, which developed over 200 video stores prior to a merger with Blockbuster in 1993. Since 1985 Mr. Johnson has been the managing general partner of American Storage Limited Partnership, a chain of 28 self-storage facilities located in the Carolinas and Georgia. His real estate development company, Johnson Development Associates, Inc., has developed and manages in excess of 5 million square feet of retail, industrial, office space and apartments. As a founder and member of the Board of Directors of Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, Inc., he has overseen the opening of more than 2,250 branches.

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