Mr. Johnston is a founding member of Centennial Holding Company, LLC and is also the founder and CEO of First Communities, LLC, a leading full service property management firm that serves as the management company for Centennial’s properties.
On a cumulative basis, Johnston has been responsible for management of some 250 apartment communities totaling more than 125,000 units. He remains integrally involved in all aspects of property management, providing strategic asset-level oversight and budgeting guidance.
Considered a national expert on apartment management issues, Johnston actively consults with numerous lending institutions and large portfolio owners. Currently his ownership clientele includes national banks, insurance companies, HUD, FDIC, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, syndicators, and institutional and individual investors. He served as President of the National Apartment Association from 1997 to 1998.
Johnston received both his Bachelor of Science and MBA from the University of South Carolina, and proudly served in the United States Air Force, earning the rank of Captain.