Stephen D. Johnston

Stephen D. Johnston, Founder and President of SDJ Investment Co., LLC, is an entrepreneur and investor who has a demonstrated track record of driving revenue growth, creating operational excellence and establishing market leadership with his companies. Mr. Johnston currently manages numerous public and private investments in the technology, entertainment, real estate, and venture capital arenas. He is a Special Limited Partner and Executive Advisor at Forté Ventures, a venture capital firm that specializes in collaborating and co-investing with corporate strategic partners. Mr. Johnston also serves as an advisor to Strategic Resource Management, Inc. and Exceleron Software, LLC, and serves on the Board of several not for profit and charitable organizations. He is lead investor and a Producer of Same Kind of Different As Me, a major motion picture to be released in 2017 in partnership with Paramount Pictures Corporation.

Prior to founding SDJ Investment Co., Mr. Johnston was the CEO of SmartSynch, Inc., a smart-grid technology company headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Johnston led SmartSynch from startup in 2000 to become a global technology leader in the build out of America's smart grid. After gaining more than 200 North American utility customers and brokering industry-changing partnerships, SmartSynch, Inc. was acquired in 2012 for $100 million by Iton Corporation (Nasdaq: ITRI). Prior to SmartSynch, Mr. Johnston was an investment banker with First Union Securities from 1993-2000 where his Primary focus was on Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Leveraged transactions.

Mr. Johnston earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Mississippi with a double major in Managerial Finance and Banking & Finance.