Tom Johnson, CAIA
Managing Partner, Client and Corporate Development
Founding member of TIR
Plays key role in shaping TIR’s strategic direction and overseeing the implementation of its core investment strategy on behalf of clients
Tom is a founding partner and member of both TIR’s Executive Team and Investment Committee. He is responsible for delivering investment solutions and insights to the marketplace on behalf of the firm and for building and maintaining strong, transparent, partnership-oriented relationships with the firm’s separate account clients. During his years with TIR, Tom also has driven a broad array of organizational and growth-related initiatives. This includes TIR-Europe, TIR’s London-based affiliate, which leads the firm’s global initiatives. In addition to serving as the TIR Executive Committee’s liaison to TIR-Europe, Tom also leads the firm’s public policy initiatives, which includes serving as a Board Member of the National Alliance of Forestland Owners (NAFO).
Tom began his career at Wachovia where he spent ten years managing significant client relationships in the institutional investment and corporate trust markets. In that capacity, he served as the bank’s West Coast territory manager, which entailed directing all business development and client relationship management activities in support of its retirement and charitable fund clients. Prior to joining TIR, Tom was a principal consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting. In that role, he was an industry advisor to global investment management firms, overseeing major projects that influenced the implementation of clients’ business operations and marketing functions. In addition to his years of experience in the institutional investment arena, Tom is a forester who grew up in a saw-milling family in North Carolina. This background gives him a unique perspective on the timberland asset class – enabling him to provide valuable counsel to TIR with regard to the firm’s strategic direction and ensuring that it consistently reflects and represents the needs and interests of its clients. Tom is a graduate of Appalachian State University where he earned a BSBA in finance. He earned his MBA and MS in forest resources, with honors, at the University of Georgia and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. He holds the designation of Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).