Firm Elevates National Practice Amid Change, Consolidation in Healthcare Industry
(JULY 31, 2014 – Houston) – Transwestern’s headquarters today announces Eric Johnson has been promoted to the newly created position of executive managing director of the firm’s national healthcare platform. Based in the firm’s Houston office, Johnson will execute innovative strategies and develop best practices for the national platform to enhance service for Transwestern’s expanding base of healthcare, life sciences and biotechnology clients. Transwestern’s healthcare specialists provide agency leasing, tenant advisory, property management, capital markets and development services to meet the ever-evolving requirements of this particular client base.
With 21 years of experience in healthcare real estate, Johnson has earned a reputation as an expert in this niche industry. Johnson has been with Transwestern for 17 years and currently serves on the Board of Directors. He leads a successful Houston team of 12 healthcare producers, one of the largest such specialty practices in the country. Johnson will continue to serve clients utilizing the strengths of his team in addition to executing his new national responsibilities.
“For the last two decades, Eric has successfully provided forward-thinking real estate solutions to Transwestern’s healthcare clients,” said Chip Clarke, Transwestern’s president, Americas. “We will leverage his depth of knowledge in both real estate and healthcare to strengthen client services across the country.”
By creating a national leader for Transwestern’s healthcare practice, the firm will expand on its robust platform and enhance multi-market synergies for clients. Transwestern is ingrained in healthcare hubs throughout the country, such as the Texas Medical Center in Houston, where 106,000 employees working at dozens of member institutions handle 7.2 million patient visits per year. The firm also is heavily steeped in life sciences and biotechnology, serving prominent owners and occupiers via Transwestern│RBJ in Boston and in other U.S. markets, particularly Houston.
“Transwestern is well-positioned to provide multi-market real estate services, which are more in demand as consolidation continues among healthcare providers,” said Johnson. “I look forward to expediting the collaboration efforts and expansion plans of our clients and future clients.”
Johnson’s client roster includes institutional owners such as Health Care Properties Inc., Healthcare Trust of America Inc., Lillibridge, Memorial Hermann Health System and St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System/CHI. Since 2008, he has completed more than 500 medical, brokerage and lease transactions for clients such as Baylor College of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, University of Texas Health Science Services and Kelsey Seybold Clinic.
Under Johnson’s direct supervision, the Houston Healthcare Investment Sales Group has closed 23 medical assets over the past three years totaling 1.3 million square feet of hospitals, surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and general purpose medical office buildings. The cumulative value of these transactions exceeds $340 million. His Houston team also has preleased 800,000 square feet of speculative medical office space in the area.
Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas.
Transwestern is a privately held real estate firm specializing in agency leasing, property and facilities management, tenant advisory, capital markets, research and sustainability. The fully integrated global enterprise leverages competencies in office, industrial, retail, multifamily and healthcare properties to add value for investors, owners and occupiers of real estate. As a member of the Transwestern family of companies, the firm capitalizes on market insights and operational expertise of independent affiliates specializing in development, real estate investment management and research. Transwestern has 34 U.S. offices and assists clients through more than 181 offices in 40 countries as part of a strategic alliance with Paris-based BNP Paribas Real Estate. For more information, please visit transwestern.com and follow us on Twitter: @Transwestern.
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