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Charles “CJ” Johnson Passes Away October 18, 2019  
Johnson Spent 34 Years with the Company

(ATLANTA) October 23, 2019

Concessions International (CI) announces that Charles “CJ” Johnson, vice president of corporate relations for CI passed away on Friday, October 18th.

Johnson spent 34 years with Concessions International (CI), starting in 1985 overseeing CI’s concessions program at Los Angeles International Airport, where he was director of food and beverage. During his career with CI he was promoted up the ranks and was most recently responsible for external communications for CI. This included community relations and all social responsibility outreach. CJ loved supporting and developing strong relationships built on mutual respect, with success in mind.

His passion for the hospitality industry began in his hometown of Philadelphia at the age of 16 when he began working behind the scenes at Aladdin Casino. After graduating from Temple University with a B.S. in Communications, Mr. Johnson began working at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Hawaii. He has held various management positions with companies including the Dallas Cowboys, Quality Inns of America, the Le Baron Hotel, and the Magic Pan. Shortly before joining CI, Mr. Johnson worked as a General Manager for Motorola Foodworks in Phoenix where he developed many of the skills he brought to the positions he held at CI.

“CJ recently celebrated his 34th anniversary with Concessions International and was much more than a loyal employee,” said Donata Russel Ross, CEO of CI. “He was a dear friend, and a loving ‘brother from another mother’ to all who worked with him. He impacted our lives greatly and we, like you, will miss him dearly. He was one-of-a-kind and will never be replaced or forgotten.”

Johnson, a devoted member of the industry, was a former board member of the Georgia Hospitality & Travel Association, the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), and the Georgia Restaurant Association. He worked with the Westchester Chamber of Commerce, the Board of the Westchester YMCA and Kiwanis. He also guest lectured students at several universities about the hospitality industry and was a speaker and panelist at the National Restaurant Association’s “Salute to Excellence” Conference.

He leaves behind a son, Justin C. Johnson of Austin, TX. In lieu of flowers, his son has asked those who want to show support to kindly consider making a donation in his father’s name to First Tee of Metro Atlanta in memory of Charles “CJ” Johnson, as golf was his father’s favorite pastime.

About Concessions International, LLC

Atlanta-based Concessions International, LLC, founded in 1979, is a dynamic food and beverage concessionaire with operations in eight airports. The company's portfolio includes franchised, licensed and proprietary concepts, including casual dining, quick service, snack, deli and bar and grill. The company is a franchisee of major national brands including Chick-fil-A, Shake Shack, Panda Express and Einstein Bros. Bagels. Visit for more information. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.