John Johnson, RPA, Founder and President
Founder and president of Wellington Real Estate, John Johnson, has over 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Throughout his illustrious career, John has served in nearly every aspect of the business including commercial brokerage, corporate leasing, financing, building management, property management, construction management, brand management and development. John was responsible for the leasing, and construction and property management of some of northern New Jersey’s most sought-after Class A office properties including Park 80 West in Saddle Brook, 300 Tice Boulevard within Mack-Cali Corporate Center in Woodcliff Lake; as well as Liberty Center in Pittsburg, Pa. In addition, he has significant business relationships with many of Manhattan’s leading developers.
Prior to founding Wellington, John held executive positions managing over $1 billion worth of high profile projects at leading New Jersey-based commercial real estate firms including Alexander Summer, Newmark JGT, Jos. L. Muscarelle, Inc., Centuria and the Whiteweld Company.
Highlights of John’s career include all aspects of planning, obtaining approvals, leasing and marketing for a billion dollar mixed-use (hotel, retail, office and residential) development in Fort Lee, N.J. While employed with the Whiteweld Company, John developed over 1,000 single-family and townhome residential properties throughout the United States in New Jersey, Florida, North Carolina and Arizona.
John holds a diploma in Real Estate Finance from New York University, and a B.A. in Business from Pace University. He is a licensed real estate broker in New Jersey and New York. John’s success in the commercial real estate industry can be credited to his powerful negotiating skills, his consensus building expertise and keen ability to think outside the box.
Stacie Even, Project Director
Serving as Project Director, Stacie Even is responsible for the coordination and implementation of all development, construction and branding projects at Wellington. A former project director for a leading architectural firm in New Jersey, where she had overall responsibility for projects ranging from 500 to 250,000 square feet. Stacie has significant experience in all phases of interior design projects, from field survey, space planning, estimating, design, construction documentation, relocation and project management, as well as AutoCAD. Stacie’s meticulous project management experience enables her to schedule and prioritize workflow with detailed client communication and project delivery that is on-time and within budget. Some of her clients have included Sealed Air and Maidenform. She holds a B.A in Interior Design from Kean University.
Richard Brakewood, PE, Project Manager
Serving as Project Manager, Richard Brakewood is responsible for oversight of all development, construction and branding projects at Wellington. Richard brings over 30 years of experience in Civil Engineering, Site Development, Permitting, Strategic Sourcing & Procurement and Project Management of commercial and industrial construction projects. Richard has significant expertise in program and project management, and commercial real estate development for multi-site retail rollouts, new build and renovation programs across the globe. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in several states including NY, NJ, CT, PA, MA and OH. Richard values long-term client relationships, and strives to provide solutions that are custom tailored to the specific needs of his clients.
R.J. Brennan, Construction Manager
Serving as Construction Manager, R.J. Brennan is responsible for all aspects of construction management at Wellington. With over 32 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, R.J. has expertise in workplace strategy, occupancy analysis, procurement advisory, change management services and supply chain teaming. Over the past seven years, R. J. has saved his clients in excess of $300 million through his innovative development of comprehensive project solutions. R.J is a LEED AP Interior Design + Construction (ID+C). He holds a Master of Science degree in Communications from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Terri Mihalovich-Gerstner, Controller
Serving as Controller, Terri Mihalovich-Gerstner is responsible for all aspects of contract administration and financial services at Wellington. Terri experience ranges from draw requests to invoicing and spreadsheet analysis. She is often teamed with our clients’ accounting staff to tie project accounting into their company accounting.
Doug Lombardo, Vice President of Property Management
Serving as Vice President of Property Management, Doug Lombardo is responsible for property management services for Wellington’s portfolio of properties. With over 20 years of experience, Doug has expertise in several areas of the industry including real estate valuation, real estate financing, property management, brokerage and mortgage servicing. His previous experience includes management positions with companies in New York City, where he negotiated the sale of over 30 properties, with a total sale price over $100 million. Doug’s previous experience includes sourcing and analyzing real estate investments and managing a real estate portfolio including two regional K-Mart anchored shopping centers, and nine multi-family properties with a total of five-hundred residential units. He currently manages eight properties, with a total of sixty apartments, and 4,500 square feet of commercial space.
Jay C. Johnson, Vice President of Construction
Serving as Vice President of Construction, Jay Johnson is responsible for managing all major ground-up construction projects at Wellington, including The Charles in Manhattan. Jay is a veteran of the construction industry with over 40 years of construction and project director experience. He has worked on the development of numerous public, private, residential, commercial and industrial building facilities throughout the northeast, southeast and west coast, as well as internationally. Throughout his career, he has had extensive responsibilities in managing multiple phases of projects including budgeting, sourcing, auditing and general construction management. Some of his noteworthy projects have included managing multiple phases of a one million-square-foot casino floor expansion for Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee, NC; management of a team of general contractors and consultants for the 35-story Canyon Ranch Resort & Spa in Miami, FL; and management of over 30 subcontractors for a one million 52-story luxury condominium and hotel resort in Sunny Isles, FL. He has also served as a construction management superintendent for such remarkable facilities including the Hotel De La Villa Olympia in Barcelona, Spain; Disneyland Europe’s Main Street USA; the Ticking Hall and Train Station in Paris, France; and both the Centennial Olympic Stadium and Turner Field in Atlanta, GA; among several other projects.