Expertise.

Our expertise and experience enable us to add value by providing financial, strategic, and management resources that maximize growth opportunities and enhance operating efficiency.

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Expertise.

Our expertise and experience enable us to add value by providing financial, strategic, and management resources that maximize growth opportunities and enhance operating efficiency.

Expertise.

Our expertise and experience enable us to add value by providing financial, strategic, and management resources that maximize growth opportunities and enhance operating efficiency.

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George Dean Johnson, Jr.

Mr. Johnson is Co-founder and Managing Partner of WJ Partners, LLC. He is Founder and Chairman of Johnson Development Associates, Inc. Mr. Johnson previously founded and served as Chairman of Advance America Cash Advance Centers, Inc. (NYSE), and as CEO of Extended Stay America, Inc. Prior to Extended Stay America, he was division president and a director of Blockbuster Inc. His extensive public board service includes Duke Energy, Norfolk Southern, AutoNation Inc., and Boca Resorts. He served as president of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1969-1974. Mr. Johnson received a B.A. from Wofford College and a J.D. from the University of South Carolina.

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Benjamin Wall

Mr. Wall is Co-founder and Managing Partner of WJ Partners, LLC and is responsible for deal sourcing, executing investments, and portfolio management. He is a director of Global Medical Imaging, LLC. Prior to founding WJ Partners, Mr. Wall worked for OTO Development, a national hotel developer and operator. Before OTO Development, Mr. Wall worked for Endurance Capital Management, a private equity firm in New York focused on the financial services sector. Mr. Wall started his career at Goldman Sachs in the investment banking division and was a member of GS Strategy Group with responsibility for evaluating and executing strategic acquisitions for Goldman Sachs. Mr. Wall earned a B.A. from Davidson College and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a Liberty Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

Phone: (864) 594-5709

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Mark Blackman

Mr. Blackman joined WJ Partners, LLC in 2009 and is responsible for portfolio management and deal sourcing. He is a director of Global Medical Imaging, LLC. Mr. Blackman served for twenty-five years in global management leadership positions with Milliken and Company, overseeing divisions in specialty chemicals and industrial textiles with multiple international manufacturing locations and annual revenues exceeding $100 million. His experience includes strategy development and execution success in multiple markets, including plastics, colorants, healthcare, building and construction, telecommunications, and government contracting, as well as business acquisitions and integration. Mr. Blackman earned a B.S. from Davidson College.

Phone: (864) 594-5853

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Jaime Wall

Ms. Wall joined WJ Partners, LLC in 2010 and is responsible for deal sourcing, executing investments, and portfolio management. Prior to joining WJ Partners, Ms. Wall worked at Roark Capital, an Atlanta-based private equity investment firm with more than $3.0 billion in capital under management, and at Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill, a New York-based private equity investment firm with approximately $1.4 billion in capital under management. Ms. Wall has significant expertise evaluating and working with businesses in the consumer products and services sector, including McCormick & Schmick, Remington Arms, and Pet Valu. Ms. Wall currently serves on the Board of Directors for Pet Valu. Ms. Wall started her career at Bowles Hollowell Conner, a leading middle-market investment bank focused on merger and advisory services. Ms. Wall graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College with a B.A. in Economics and received a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is a Liberty Fellow of the Aspen Institute. Ms. Wall is also a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE).

Phone: (864) 594-5751

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Rhett McCraw

Mr. McCraw joined WJ Partners, LLC in 2014 and is responsible for executing investments and portfolio management. Prior to joining WJ Partners, Mr. McCraw worked at ExxonMobil in Fairfax, VA. He worked in various corporate finance and M&A roles for the company’s global refining, midstream and marketing businesses. Mr. McCraw started his career as an engineer at Clark Construction Group in Bethesda, MD working in operations. Mr. McCraw graduated magna cum laude from Washington & Lee University with a BS in Physics Engineering and received an International MBA from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

Phone: (864) 594-5887