Johnson Consulting is a leading real estate and hospitality consulting firm. The firm works on many types of real estate uses, including convention and conference centers, arenas, stadiums, hotels, entertainment/urban development districts, fairgrounds, performing arts facilities, golf courses, resorts, retail, residential, tourism attractions, and many others. We provide strategic planning and direction, independent feasibility and market and financial studies, transaction assistance, tax analysis, tourism strategies, and owner representations in formulating ways to govern, manage, and operate projects in the most efficient, cost-effective, and profitable way. We have the experience to take your project from conception to completion, and the capacity to manage all the steps in between.
Charles H. Johnson IV, President and Chief Executive Officer , ISHC, is a nationally recognized consultant with over 22 years of experience in convention, sports, hospitality, and general real estate consulting. Prior to forming Johnson Consulting, he worked for the Chicago-based real estate development firm, Stein and Company, which was design builder for the expansion at McCormick Place in Chicago. Prior to that, he was National Director of KPMG Peat Marwick's Convention, Sports, and Leisure Consulting practice. He served as program manager for the Puerto Rico Convention Center District project in San Juan, Puerto Rico for four years, and successfully guided that project from an idea to a highly regarded 110-acre urban redevelopment project. Johnson has worked on over 600 public assembly and urban development consulting assignments in the U.S. and abroad.
Ayu Listiowati, Project Executive, provides economic, market and financial analysis for real estate and hospitality projects. She is also responsible for project research, analysis and report writing. Listiowati joined Johnson Consulting after earning her masters degree in Real Estate from Cornell University. She graduated from University of Indonesia with a Professional Degree in Architecture. At Cornell University, she completed an internship with Winthrop Financial Associates, a real estate management firm in Boston, Massachusetts where as an Analyst she designed and performed financial analysis for various residential and retail properties. nnListiowati has worked on the feasibility study and room-tax projection for the City of Overland Park, KS, and Osceola County, FL. She also developed a comprehensive real estate planning model for a convention center and hotel complex in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She performed analyses for the Jackson Telecom Conference Center in Jackson, MS and the Busch Memorial Center in St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO. She is currently analyzing a ski resort expansion in Ghent, West Virginia and a resort/hotel expansion in Daniels, West Virginia as part of our contract with the West Virginia Development Office. n
Ryan Johnson, Managing Director, joined Johnson Consulting in 2006 and has done extensive coursework in international relations and finance, statistics, and business management. He has studied at the University of Denver and DePaul University. Prior to joining Johnson Consulting, Ryan worked in commercial production as a line producer for a major production company in Los Angles and New York. Since joining Johnson Consulting, he has worked on the analysis of the venue for Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China as well as an analysis of the Wenatchee Convention Center in Wenatchee, Washington. Currently, Ryan is working on an analysis of the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, and is about to begin work on a labor analysis for the Atlantic City Convention Center.
Brandon Dowling, Director of Sports/Project Manager, is a Director of Sports Consulting at Johnson Consulting. Prior to Johnson Consulting, he worked in the retail real estate industry, in which he performed market research analysis for future shopping center development. He holds a BS in Business and Urban Planning from Arizona State University. Brandon has recently completed work on a new ice arena for the University of Nebraska-Omaha as well as redevelopment of the Memphis Fairgrounds into a multi-sport youth sports complex. He is currently working on the proposed new basketball arena, baseball stadium and renovations to Commonwealth Stadium at the University of Kentucky. Because retail is such an important aspect of funding for sports facilities, Brandon is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Maria Vivanco, Business Development Manager, provides Johnson Consulting with experience in marketing, advertising, and administrative management. She has extensive experience in project administration, directing developer solicitations for real estate projects, and performing client relationship management. Prior to joining Johnson Consulting, Maria worked for a real estate investment firm for seven years.
Sarah Emmerton, Project Manager, Sarah Emmerton recently moved to Chicago and joined Johnson Consulting after having worked in London as a regeneration analyst with a Local Authority. Prior to that, Sarah worked as a real estate analyst and consultant in Melbourne, Australia. Sarah has experience working across a range of different property markets, on a variety of projects completed on behalf of both public and private sector clients, with extensive experience in the use of GIS as an analytical tool. Sarah is currently working on a major redevelopment project at the former Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station in Puerto Rico. Sarah has a Bachelors Degree in Urban Planning and Development (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.
Jesse Strickland, Associate Project Analyst, Prior to joining Johnson Consulting, Jesse worked in sales and marking for a national artwork manufacturer. After moving to Chicago to attend DePaul University to pursue his MBA with a concentration in real estate finance and investment, he completed an internship with CB Richard Ellis where he worked with a retail brokerage team. Jesse holds a BA in international relations from Trinity College in Hartford CT, and is a licensed Illinois real estate salesperson.
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Claudia Beltran, Accounting Manager, joined Johnson Consulting in 2007 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting-Magna Cum Laude and a Master’s Degree in Labor Relations-Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Haven, CT. She is a CPA candidate and has over a decade of experience in accounting, both in the United States and in South America. Prior to joining Johnson Consulting, Claudia managed the accounting department for a real estate joint venture with properties all over the country and investments worldwide. She is originally from Quito, Ecuador and fluent in both English and Spanish.