Executive Team

Net Lease Alliance puts at the developer's disposal a seasoned group of real estate professionals who have successfully supported over 250 projects totaling more than 8 million square feet of retail space coast to coast.

Ron H. Johnston, Chief Executive Officer

After a successful 22-year career in commercial real estate banking, Ron Johnston founded Johnston Financial Services, LLC in 2001. To date, Johnston Financial Services has placed over $1 billion in debt and equity. The firm provides a wide range of services to commercial real estate developers in addition to debt and equity placement, such as debt restructure, project pro forma projection and financial reporting. Ron Johnston is a graduate of the University of Georgia (BBA) and Georgia State University (MBA). A native of Atlanta, he now lives in Lexington, KY.

Sam L. Colson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sam Colson joined Net Lease Alliance at its inception as Chief Financial Officer. He joined Net Lease Alliance from Newton Oldacre McDonald, LLC, a developer of shopping centers and net-leased properties throughout the Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and Pacific Coast where he served at its CFO. Prior to his tenure at Newton Oldacre McDonald, he served as the COO of Column Capital, LLC, the affordable multi-family finance division of Credit Suisse’s Column Companies where he held the title of Director and oversaw an operation encompassing ten offices across the country. Prior to his tenure at Column, he was the CFO and a Senior Vice President at Guilford Capital Corporation, a Montgomery, Alabama based provider of equity for multi-family projects. He also spent ten-years working as a CPA in a mid-sized public accounting firm where his practice centered on providing consulting, tax and audit services to real estate developer. He is a graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery.

Perry Wickens, Director of Business Development - Western Region

Perry Wickens has 25+ years experience in commercial real estate, beginning his career with CBRE as a broker for shopping centers in LA and Orange Counties. Transitioning to the corporate real estate side, Perry became responsible for MacFrugal's (currently Big Lots) new store development in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and the San Francisco Bay area. Subsequently, he joined Hollywood Video and moved to Ohio to roll out new video stores in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois. After almost four years with Hollywood Video, he joined CVS Pharmacy in 1997. At CVS, he was responsible for opening stores in new markets in Illinois, Arizona, Nevada, and Southern California as well as involvement in the acquisitions of Eckerd and Osco Drug stores in the Southwest. In 2007, Perry joined Newton Oldacre McDonald to open the Phoenix office in an effort to begin developing free standing development retail in the Western U.S. He graduated with a B.S. in Information Systems Management ion 1984 from Arizona State University.

Wayne Harris, Vice President of Legal Services

Wayne Harris has nearly twenty years of retail legal experience and success with national retailers. He joined the real estate development firm Newton Oldacre McDonald after serving as Assistant General Counsel for Lowe's Companies, Inc. There, he was responsible for all legal services associated with Lowe's new store acquisition and development in the southern and western regions of the USA. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Jim McWilliams, Vice-President of Construction Services

Jim McWilliams began his 30+-year career in retail construction management with Begley Drugs in Kentucky. After more than a decade with the regional pharmacy chain, he joined Rite Aid. There he held a number of successively significant leadership positions including Regional Director of Development, Corporate Director of Construction and, ultimately, Vice President of Construction. He was a private consultant before entering the build-to-suit segment of the real estate development industry. He too joined Net Lease Alliance from Newton Oldacre McDonald, where he was responsible for all construction and development operations and relationships.