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.

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.

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