Valbridge Employee Spotlight: Nicholas A. Johnson, JD, MAI

June 21, 2022
Name: Nicholas A. Johnson, JD, MAI
Title: Director
Date: June 16, 2022
VPA Office: Valbridge Property Advisors | Oklahoma City

Employee background:

I graduated with a BS from Oklahoma State University and then with a JD and an MBA from Oklahoma City University. I practiced law for about six years primarily in the field of ad valorem tax disputes along with all facets of corporate/business and oil/gas litigation. I pivoted to appraisal in 2016 and haven’t looked back.

What is your title and what do you do at Valbridge?

I am a Director for the Oklahoma City office of Valbridge-Oklahoma. I work on all property types across the State of Oklahoma.

How did you become a part of Valbridge?

I attended Oklahoma State University and was a fraternity pledge brother (Pi Kappa Alpha) of the OKC office Managing Director, Brandon Lux. They were looking to open the OKC office and he reached out to see if I had recommendations for good possible hires. After discussing it with him and our overall Senior Managing Director, Steve Walton, I decided to change careers – one of the best decisions I’ve made.

What are your specialty areas?

I wouldn’t say I have a specialty, as I have worked on just about every property type. However, I do tend to get the more “difficult” projects in our office, which are often rewarding due to the “thinking outside the box” method often needed to solve the Appraisal Problem.

What are some of the most interesting projects you've worked on at Valbridge?

Most projects are “typical”, but the best projects involve site visits where you can peer into manufacturing processes, or into industries one wouldn’t generally have access to. I’ve been able to look at paper product manufacturing, pet crematories/cemeteries, funeral homes, hunting/fishing ranches, bottling plants, steel manufacturing, HVAC manufacturing, proposed collegiate sports fields, and many others. For me, one of the more exciting aspects is being “in the know” when we get to appraise new and proposed facilities/buildings around the OKC metro.

What do you like most about working at Valbridge?

As part of the national team, the informational access and technology are amazing. On a more local level, the ability to tap into the experience of my superiors and their willingness to make their employees happy and give them every opportunity to succeed.

Additional information:

My family and friends are the world to me and I love spending time with them. My hobbies (when I’m not chasing my seven and three-year-old sons around and/or otherwise engaged with family and friends) involve building large LEGO sets, reading, and generally watching my favorite sports teams (Oklahoma State Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Oklahoma City Thunder).

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