Downtime with the president of NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson


Live, Work, Play: Catching up with Chris Johnson.

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Chris Johnson: President, NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson

0315 downtime NAI01 500pxWhat I’m reading

Other than reading material for work, I enjoy reading for leisure on vacations if I find time. I’m a big fan of John Grisham, but the last book I read was Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis.

What I’m watching

I would always choose a live sporting event over a movie because you share that experience more. Of course, as an alumnus of U of O, I’m a big Ducks football fan. I also love the Portland Timbers and Trail Blazers. But who doesn’t?

Business role models

I’ve had several role models throughout my career, but I would choose Bob Gerding because of the opportunity he gave me. As a Portland native, Bob was motivated by making and building a better city. He was a true visionary, deeply passionate and inspiring in both business and philanthropy.

What excites you about coming to working every day? Where would you like to see company in five years?

First and foremost, I’m excited to do my job because of the people. Over the next five years, I want to see NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson continue growing its presence here in Portland, and competing more in institutional transactions.

Advice for young people entering the industry

I would strongly advise younger professionals to have sales experience prior to brokerage. I would also suggest teaming up with a mentor who can take the time to provide the necessary guidance in this very competitive industry. It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to make it.


The last app I downloaded was the iOS update for iPhone. Other than my iPhone’s utilities, I’m not necessarily app-savvy, per se. But I do appreciate the ESPN app. I like knowing how games are progressing and being up to date.

Commercial real estate trends in 2015

Portland has a lot to gain from the overall improving economic conditions that will continue into 2015. All product types — industrial, retail, office, multifamily — will benefit, and both sales and leasing volume should increase significantly. 

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