Derrick Johnson joined Zeller Realty Group in 2001 and was promoted in 2015 to oversee the management of Chicago, IL and Indianapolis, IN properties, after two years of overseeing the management of 311 South Wacker. Mr. Johnson provides supervision and direction to the Property Managers to ensure consistency of services and reporting throughout the Chicago and Indianapolis portfolio. His responsibilities include directing and reviewing; as well as the writing and submission of business plans, operating budgets and support schedules for all properties. Mr. Johnson also oversees the coordination and direction for all the contractual management relationships with ZRG-affiliated owners/clients.
Mr. Johnson began his career at ZRG as the General Manager of 401 North Michigan Avenue, overseeing the physical operation and financial performance of the 737,000 square foot Class A property, reviewing and evaluating the major contracted services while determining more efficient, cost effective ways to provide unsurpassed 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. Mr. Johnson also played a pivotal role in retaining existing tenants while also attracting new tenants to the property. Mr. Johnson managed to reduce operating expenses to maintain the most competitive pricing and implemented new procedures that 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 AVP/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 and member of the BOMA/Chicago Labor Board Committee since 2010, before becoming its chair in 2017. In addition, he is a Magnificent Mile Association Board member and Executive Committee member as well as a co-chair of the association’s Planning and Advocacy Division.