35 years of experience in finance, mergers, acquisitions and corporate growth advisory services. Mr. Johnson co-founded Windward Advisors, LLC in 2006. From 1998 to 2005 he was a Managing Director of Legg Mason Merchant Banking, Inc. (“LMMB”) and General Partner of Legg Mason Capital Partners I & II, L.P’s. which acquired, built and sold operating businesses in the U.S. and Canada. Concurrently, Mr. Johnson also served as a Managing Director and General Partner of Legg Mason Mezzanine Fund, L.P. that provided subordinated debt alongside other private equity firms in their acquisitions.
Prior to joining Legg Mason he spent 18 years as a corporate lender focused on providing senior debt and structured financing for acquisitions, mergers, recapitalizations and growth situations for mid-sized companies throughout the U.S, Canada and in Europe. During his lending career he held senior lending positions with NCNB, Barclays Business Credit, Shawmut Capital and Fleet Capital Corporation.
Achievements include serving on Fleet Capital’s National Re-Engineering Committee; co-founding and serving as President and Board Member of the Richmond Chapter for the Association for Corporate Growth (“ACG”); convening the annual ACG sponsored Virginia Capital Event; starting an ACG sponsored scholarship program for promising business students; and co-founding a peer group for corporate development officers.
Mr. Johnson has been a guest speaker for Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Financial Planning Association of Virginia, Virginia Society of CPA’s, Family Firm Institute and at other associations and group events. Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, receiving Chancellor Commendations, and completed post graduate work including Mergers & Acquisitions: Strategies & Implementation at the Darden School of Business.