Derrick Johnson joined Zeller Realty Group in 2001 and was promoted in 2011 to oversee the management of all downtown Chicago properties, moving in 2013 to our newest property at 311 South Wacker. Mr. Johnson provides supervision and direction to assist the Property Managers in making decisions at the various properties to ensure consistency of services and reporting throughout the region, which includes both owned properties and third party management assignments. His responsibilities include directing, reviewing, writing and submission of business plans, operating budgets and support schedules for all properties and coordinating and directing all contractual management relationships with ZRG-affiliated owner/clients.
Mr. Johnson started at ZRG as the General Manager of 401 North Michigan Avenue, overseeing the physical operation and financial performance of the 737,000 square foot property, reviewing and evaluating the major contracted services and determining more efficient, cost effective ways to provide service to tenants. During his time at 401 North Michigan Avenue, Mr. Johnson revitalized Pioneer Court usage by marketing the space for lease by temporary users, maintained current tenants and played a role in luring new tenants to the property. Since 2002, Mr. Johnson has managed to reduce operating expenses to maintain the most competitive pricing and has implemented new procedures that have streamlined customer service and enhanced the tenant experience.
Prior to joining ZRG, Mr. Johnson was an Assistant Vice President (AVP)/General Manager at MB Real Estate LLC (formerly Miglin-Beitler). During his time at MB Real Estate LLC, Mr. Johnson rose from Assistant Manager to General Manager; he oversaw the sale of Orleans Plaza as the sole management staff of the property before being promoted to AVP/General Manager of 200 North LaSalle Street in downtown Chicago.
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Finance and is a designated Real Property Administrator (RPA). Mr. Johnson has been a member of the BOMA/Chicago Board of Directors since 2013. He is a Magnificent Mile Association Board Member and executive committee member as well as a member of the BOMA/Chicago Labor Board, where he has held numerous committee positions.