About Khalil Johnson, President

Khalil Johnson is President of Common Sense Consultants, Inc., the company he founded which specializes in mega-event planning; major stadium and convention center design, construction and management; and organizational analysis and development. He has over three decades of experience in these areas.

Johnson served as chief operations officer of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) from 2002 to 2009.  As COO, Johnson oversaw all operations of the GWCC’s 200 acre campus in downtown Atlanta, which includes the Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome and Centennial Olympic Park. Together they comprise the world’s largest sports, entertainment and convention complex.

Johnson began his career at the Congress Center in 1976 as part-time laborer. He learned the facility business from the bottom up. He has managed alll key departments in both operations, sales and services. 

Johnson was named General Manager of the Georgia Dome in August 1989.  He served as project manager for the development phase of the Georgia Dome, which opened on schedule and under budget in 1992.  The Dome project won several design and construction awards, including the National Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Task Force Award for creative project management. In 1995 Johnson was the GWCCA's inhouse project manager for the development of Centennial Olympic Park, 

At the request of the NFL's Super Bowl guru, Jim Steeg, Johnson began serving as stadium consultant for Super Bowls in 1994, which marked the beginning of Common Sense Consuultants. Johnson also consulted on several stadium design projects during this period. In 2009, shortly after retiring from the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, Johnson was fortunate to become involved with the team responsible for  the strategic direction and operational development of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

Khalil Johnson may be contacted at kjohnson@kjcommonsense.com.

© Khalil Johnson 2012