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One of the Port’s top executives is headed to Al Neyer

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Friday September 3, 2021

One of the Port’s top executives is headed to Al Neyer

ONE OF THE PORT’S TOP EXECUTIVES IS HEADED TO AL. NEYER

One of the top executives at the Port of Greater Cincinnati is leaving the organization to join Al Neyer.

Melissa Johnson, executive vice president of the Port, has signed on as downtown-based Al Neyer’s vice president of real estate development, effective Oct. 4. Johnson also will join Al Neyer’s Cincinnati market leadership team and work on the developer and design/builder’s development pipeline in Greater Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Columbus.

Ryan Reardon, senior vice president of real estate development at Al Neyer, said Johnson’s experience in industrial development and redevelopment “positions her to solve some of the most complex real estate challenges in our region.”

At Al Neyer, Johnson will report directly to Reardon and serve in a role in the firm’s industrial development strategy and execution. Earlier this year, Al Neyer launched and closed Al Neyer Industrial Fund I LLC, its first real estate investment fund, with $110 million. Al Neyer will start $800 million of class A industrial developments across its footprint in 2021.

Johnson joined the Port in 2011 as vice president of industrial development. She was promoted to executive vice president in December 2019. With the Port, Johnson was tasked with large-scale redevelopment of industrial sites to attract next-generation manufacturing to Hamilton County, the coordination of incentive packages with regional partners and the management of a site reclamation fund seeded by private social impact investors.

Laura Brunner, president and CEO of the Port, said Johnson has played “a critical role” in the organization’s industrial development strategy and led important, complex projects.

Read more from Tom Demeropolis in the Cincinnati Business Courier here.


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