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Sarah Emmerton

Director of Research

Sarah joined Johnson Consulting in 2010 after working in London as a regeneration analyst with a local authority. Prior to that, Sarah worked as a real estate analyst and consultant with a strategic real estate consulting firm in Melbourne, Australia. She has experience working across a range of different real estate markets, on a variety of projects completed on behalf of both public and private sector clients.


At Johnson Consulting, Sarah specializes in market and financial analysis for convention, hospitality, and real estate projects, with a particular focus on multi-purpose venues, fairgrounds, convention and conference centers, and hotels. She leads the firm in market research, case study development, and consumer and customer survey analysis. Her background in urban planning equips her with a sound understanding of how to apply the principles and practices of strategic planning to undertake projects that best respond to a community’s needs and maximize the benefits for the local, regional and national economies. Sarah also has extensive experience in the use of GIS as an analytical tool.

Areas of Expertise

P3 Advisory Services

Higher Education Consulting

Analyst in the Real Estate Industry
Urban Planning

Hotel/Mixed Use Developemnt
Survey Analysis
Organizational Reviews
Business Management & Client Relations

Years of Experience

With CHJC: 12 Years
With Other Firms: 4 Years


Bachelor Urban Planning & Development (Honors) –The University of Melbourne, Australia

Professional Affiliations

Urban Land Institute

Society of College and University Planners

Destination Marketing Association International 

International Association of Fairs & Expositions 

World Trade Centers Association 

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

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