Mr. Johnson began his career in the hotel business in 1973 and spent the next 16 years working in every position from bellman to general manager including the opening and re-opening of 5 hotels. He then transitioned into commercial real estate finance where he spent the next 10 years structuring and funding hotel, multi-family and commercial projects nationwide. From 2004 – 2009 as President and Chief Operating Officer of Aries Capital, he was responsible for the day-to-day management of 4 national offices including the direct management of a $50 million dollar loan servicing portfolio, and a $35 million dollar real estate investment fund. In 2006 Mr. Johnsonstarted his own finance and real estate firm which bought and sold land, commercial and residential properties. In 2010 he got back into hospitality management and for the next 7 years was the Regional Manager for 9 Arizona hotels from Flagstaff to Tucson.