ABOUT BOYD JOHNSON

D. Boyd Johnson. Began his career as an attorney with O’Callahan, Saunders & Stumm in Atlanta as a transaction attorney in their real estate syndication group, closing more than 20 separate transactions over a two-year period.

Joined Equitable Real Estate’s Institutional Accounts Group in 1986; initially focused on placing institutional grade real estate with individual investors via master limited partnerships; completed two transactions with Shearson, Lehman Brothers and one with Merrill Lynch; acquired approximately $350 million of real estate on behalf of these funds; later raised approximately $650 million in two funds from public pension funds to acquire two separate portfolios of office buildings and regional malls; combined with portfolio management of two state pension funds, Mr. Johnson had responsibility for assets under management of approximately $1 billion in real estate.

After seven years with the Institutional Accounts Group, Mr. Johnson was asked to help start Column Financial, Inc., a commercial mortgage lender focused on the securitization market; during the first four years of that company, Mr. Johnson was chair of the Investment Committee and had responsibility for working with rating agencies and investors in the securitization of Column Financial’s mortgage pools; during the four years with Column Financial, the company closed on over 100 loans, aggregating $500 million and completed four securitizations.

In 1997, Mr. Johnson joined Wachovia Bank to start their real estate capital markets business. During three years with Wachovia, Mr. Johnson formed a commercial mortgage conduit lender; a mortgage banking group and a group focused on real estate finance for Wachovia’s corporate clients. The conduit lender participated in two securitizations and closed on over $175 million in real estate loans.

In 2000, Mr. Johnson was approached by Lend Lease to rejoin this company (Lend Lease having acquired Equitable Real Estate in 1997) to head the company’s Debt Advisory Group.  During the three years with Lend Lease, the Debt Advisory Group added significant new clients, increased assets under management by $1.5 billion; closed on over $750 million in new loans and managed over $7 billion of commercial mortgage and CMBS investments for its clients of pension funds and life insurance companies.

With the successful sale of the Debt Advisory Group to GMAC in 2003, Mr. Johnson saw a need to provide the same investment discipline and real estate investment management expertise to the private, individual investor as is supplied to large institutions.  In 2004, Mr. Johnson joined with the Hailey Realty Company to form JOHNSON HAILEY INVESTMENTS, LLC for this purpose.