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NAI/Merin Hunter Codman Hires Veteran Florida Commercial Real Estate Broker Christian Johannsen


NAI Global Broker Moves From Miami Office to Palm Beach Office

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman Hires Veteran Florida Commercial Real Estate Broker Christian Johannsen

-- Executive Brings Extensive Experience to Firm including Top

Institutional-Level Advisory Services --

West Palm Beach, Fla. -- NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Inc., one of South Florida’s leading commercial real estate services firm, today announced that Christian J. Johannsen, CCIM, has joined the firm as a Managing Director. Mr. Johannsen brings to NAI/Merin Hunter Codman over four decades of commercial real estate experience and industry relationships. He will focus on capital advisory services for institutional-quality assets including debt/equity placement, bridge and mezzanine financings, structured finance, and capital markets executions, among other advisory and placement services. Mr. Johannsen joins the firm from NAI Miami — which like NAI/Merin Hunter Codman is part of the NAI Global network. He held top executive positions at various other high-profile Florida brokerage firms over the course of his career and has over $4 billion of commercial real estate sales and financings to his merit. Mr. Johannsen has also, over the years, served as an instructor for the Commercial Investment Real Estate Council and as an Adjunct Professor at both Broward Community College and Palm Beach Community College.

“We feel very fortunate to have an opportunity to add to our team a senior commercial real estate executive with a sophisticated background and extensive institutional experience,” said Jordan C. Paul, CEO of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman.

“Christian Johannsen will be an extremely valuable addition to our firm as we continue to expand the depth of our capital advisory and financing services.”

Added Jeremy Larkin, Co-Chairman at NAI Miami, “We support Christian’s life decision to return to his roots in Palm Beach County. While he will be missed in Miami, we were thrilled to work in tandem with Christian and the NAI/Merin Hunter Codman team. We have a long history of shared transactions with NAI/Merin Hunter Codman and believe Christian’s transfer to their offices will only strengthen our bond.

Prior to joining NAI Miami, where he was responsible for overseeing institutional sales and capital markets, Mr. Johannsen was a Managing Director at Aztec Group, Inc. of Miami. He worked there for 19 years and was involved with a wide variety of commercial real estate assets and structured financings. His clients included major pension funds, life companies, developers, and offshore and opportunistic investors among others. While at Aztec Group, his transactional placements exceeded $2 billion.

Mr. Johannsen is a life-long resident of Florida, having begun his career as founder of a real estate investment banking firm, Investors Realty Services, Inc., of Palm Beach in 1973. His activities at Investors Realty Services included project feasibility, financial analysis and development, in addition to leasing, management and asset disposition.

Christian Johannsen has been a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) since 1978 and was awarded a lifetime membership in 2013. He holds an MBA as well as a B.A. from Rollins College. Formerly, he held a 100-ton U.S. Coast Guard Captain certification and was also previously a certified private pilot.

He regularly serves as an expert witness to federal and state courts on commercial real estate matters.


About NAI/Merin Hunter Codman

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman,, is one of South Florida’s leading commercial real estate services firm with over three decades of experience advising clients on strategic acquisitions and dispositions and providing landlord representation, tenant representation, property management and construction management services. The firm has expertise in all commercial property sectors including office, industrial, retail, multifamily, hotels and land. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s client base includes some of the nation’s most prestigious institutional and private investors and through the NAI global network, it can facilitate property transactions around the nation and the world, serving as a single point of contact for its clients’ counsel and execution. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman is headquartered in West Palm Beach with regional offices in Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Wellington.

07/28/2015 - 19:30


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