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Matrix Development Group’s Richard Johnson Named Among Inaugural Inductees to NAIOP New Jersey Hall


Senior Vice Presidentis Honored for his Contributions and Voice on Energy Issues


NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Matrix Development Group, one of the Northeast’s most active and well-regarded real estate investment and development companies, today announced that Richard Johnson, Matrix’s Senior Vice President - Development, Partner, was selected as one of the first three inductees into the NAIOP New Jersey Hall of Fame, which was created to honor members who have a particularly distinguished record of service to the organization.


Johnson has served in a number of capacities for the chapter including being a resource on land use and planning issues. Currently, he co-chairs the Energy Master Plan Task Force where he has distinguished himself as a “green” thought leader and the go-to person on energy issues. Additionally, he made significant contributions to the chapter’s Energy Master Plan response documents in 2008 and 2011 and his participation in energy stakeholder groups gives the chapter an authoritative voice in the process of developing sound energy policy in the state. Johnson also served on the chapter’s COAH, Port Revitalization and Transportation Funding task forces.


“I am extremely honored to be recognized by an organization that has established itself as such an integral part of New Jersey’s commercial real estate industry,” stated Johnson. “Identifying a sustainable and responsible plan for energy consumption is an issue of great importance, and I look forward to continuing to work with the New Jersey Chapter of NAIOP to make ongoing contributions in this critical area.”


Johnson joined Matrix in 1990 and is currently the partner-in-charge of all design and construction activities for warehouse/distribution facilities and the development of office and mixed‑use projects within the Matrix portfolio. He is particularly focused on urban development/redevelopment opportunities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


Johnson also heads up the company’s Renewable Energy Division, which is focused on the development of renewable energy platforms across Matrix’s diverse real estate portfolio, as well as providing third-party renewable energy services to other owners.


Throughout his tenure with Matrix, Johnson has directed the company's involvement in some of the region's most challenging urban mixed-use developments and significant build-to-suit corporate campuses and has extensive experience in development consulting, and with sustainable design processes, specifically the use of renewable energy solutions in warehouse/distribution center buildings.  He also has been involved in major public policy initiatives at the state level, focused on urban infrastructure, parking structures and implementing public-private partnerships for economic development.


Prior to his development experience, Johnson was a registered architect working on projects for The Kling Partnership in Philadelphia and the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. His professional affiliations and involvements include serving as Chair of the Northern New Jersey District Council of the Urban Land Institute, being on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee for Nation’s Port and a member of The NJDEP Permit Efficiency Task Force, the NJDCA Housing Task Force and NAIOP/USGBC Task Force for Sustainable Design. In addition, he is a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Johnson holds a Masters in Business Administration, Real Estate Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Notre Dame.


The New Jersey Chapter of NAIOP, the commercial real estate development association, is the leading organization for owners, developers and related professionals in office, commercial, industrial and mixed-use real estate and the logistics sector.


Matrix Development Group

Matrix Development Group is a privately held, full-service real estate investment and development company with offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The company is active in the commercial, industrial, urban, residential, golf and hospitality markets throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. Since its founding in 1979, the company has developed real estate valued in excess of $1 billion and has been recognized for its leadership by numerous charitable, community and real estate organizations.


For more information on Matrix Development Group, please contact the company’s Cranbury, N.J., office at 732-521-2900 or visit



03/03/2012 - 03:32


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