Bruce M. Johnson, Chairman
Bruce Johnson is currently President of Live Oak Investments, LLC, a private investment company. He retired on December 31, 2012 after 34 years from Regency Centers Corporation, a public real estate investment trust (REIT) listed on the New York Stock Exchange. At Regency Centers, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer and was also on its board of directors. Regency Centers, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida owns, manages and develops neighborhood and community retail centers located throughout the United States. It currently owns over 350 shopping centers.
Prior to joining the predecessor to Regency Centers in 1978, Johnson served as vice president of Barnett Winston Investment Trust (BWIT), a hybrid mortgage and equity REIT for five years. In that capacity, among his responsibilities included being general manager of Amelia Island Plantation in north Florida, one of the Southeast’s premier destination resorts and serving on the board of directors of Crested Butte Ski Resort in Colorado. He represented BWIT’s equity financial interests at Amelia Island Plantation and Crested Butte Ski Resort.
For over 30 years Johnson has been a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI), the preeminent trade organization dedicated to education and research in the real estate industry. He has been active in ULI’s national product councils as well as ULI’s district councils. Until June 30, 2013, he was the chairman of the ULI North Florida District Council and until June 30, 2015, was the chairman of its governance committee.
Johnson was a director and chairman of the audit committee of Columbia Equity Trust, Inc., a publicly traded equity REIT that owned and operated commercial office properties in the greater Washington, DC area, until its merger with a private company in February 2007.
Johnson holds a Master’s of Science degree in real estate from the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Business (1972) and a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin (1970).