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Curtis “CJ” Johnson

EMBA ‘22
Class Year:
Founder, Vishnu Systems, Inc.

Hometown: Daytona Beach, FL  

What's something on your bucket list? 

I want to go shark diving!   

What actor would you cast to play yourself in a movie about yourself and why? 

Derek Luke. I like his range of acting skills and was truly inspired when I saw him star in the movie “Antwone Fisher” directed by Denzel Washington.  

What's your favorite place you've traveled to and why?  

I loved my travels around the Persian Gulf. More specifically Bahrain because of its natural beauty and its historical significance of trade during ancient times.      

Favorite family tradition: 

I love having our “Low Country Crab Boil” feast during summers and early fall.  The recipe was passed down to me from my grandfather and uncles. I’ve taken over preparing the feast for a new generation. 

What is your proudest accomplishment? 

My proudest accomplishment was starting a company, making it profitable, and successfully selling it. 

What did you want to be when you were small?  

I always wanted to be a lawyer or FBI Special Agent.  

What is your latest book recommendation? 

“In Pursuit of Happyness” by Chris Gardner  

Your life story in one sentence: 

I have come into this world, overcoming the challenges that have plagued far too many, to provide a wealth of empowerment to those who are seeking it.      

My favorite restaurant in Atlanta:  

The Capital Grille 

My favorite comfort food or family recipe:  

My favorite comfort food is praline pecan ice cream. 

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