Khalil Johnson

Khalil Johnson served as Chief Operating Officer of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority from 2002 until his retirement in 2009. As COO, Johnson oversaw all operations of the 200-acre GWCC campus in downtown Atlanta, housing the Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome, and Centennial Olympic Park — the world’s largest sports, entertainment, and convention complex.
He began his career at the Congress Center in 1976, rising through the ranks from a part-time laborer to managing key departments. In 1989, he became the General Manager of the Georgia Dome, overseeing its development, which opened under budget in 1992. Notably, the Dome project received multiple awards, including the National Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Task Force Award for creative project management. During his tenure at the Georgia Dome through 2002, Khalil oversaw major events such as the Centennial Olympic Games, Super Bowls, SEC Football championships, and NCAA Final Four tournaments.
After retiring, he founded Common Sense Consultants, specializing in major special events from 2009 to 2020. Khalil holds a bachelor’s degree from National-Louis University and was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus. He’s served on the boards of the International Association for Exposition Management and the International Association of Assembly Managers, earning the distinction of Certified Facility Executive. Khalil has been named one of the top 25 most influential people in Georgia sports and has contributed to various local organizations.
Khalil Johnson, Shepard Board of Directors

Ready to organize your next show?

Connect with Shepard for a free consultation.