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Consulting Firm Takes One-Stop Shopping Approach to Land Development Design and Approvals

JUPITER, FLORIDA – (May 5, 2006) Ryan B. Johnston announced this month the launch of Johnston Group Land Development Consultants, Inc., a full-service consulting firm serving all of South Florida. With its team of design associates, Johnston Group offers a ‘one-stop shopping’ experience for the development and construction industry, including pre-construction services ranging from due diligence, soft cost budgeting and scheduling through complete project design and permitting.

Mr. Johnston has over 10 years of experience in the development industry and is recognized for his active participation in over $1 billion dollars worth of real estate development projects. Starting his professional career in the City of West Palm Beach Planning Department, Mr. Johnston moved into the private sector in 1998 to work for a local land planning firm. For the past 6 years, Mr. Johnston worked at Catalfumo Construction and Development, Inc., starting his career there as Government Liaison and working his way up to Senior Vice President of Land Development in 2005.

Johnston Group has the ability to manage all sizes and types of development projects including both multi-family and non-residential ventures. “Ryan has an in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of the development and construction processes. This allows him to provide his clientele an uncommon understanding of the numerous regulations, approvals, permits, and their accompanying timing, to address the client’s needs. Additionally, his knowledge of the consultants necessary to obtain the needed approvals minimizes both the client’s consultant costs and the number of surprises along the approval process,” said Kenneth A. Blair, Director of Development of Seven Kings Holdings in Jupiter.

Johnston Group’s main approach is to provide developers and contractors with a single-source experience wherein one point of contact oversees the entire design and approvals process. The firm coordinates the services of design professionals and provides an interface between the client, consulting team and governmental officials, allowing for centralized responsibility and clear communication between all parties.

Managing every aspect of the development process makes Johnston Group unique in the industry. “Ryan’s ability to completely oversee pre-construction phase services is unparalleled,” said Mike Walters of West Palm Beach-based FGW Investments LLC, a Johnston Group client. “Ryan has consistently proven himself in this business. That’s why when he started out on his own he was the only logical choice to represent our projects. His enthusiasm for achieving success brings an aggressive edge to our development deals, which cuts our pre-construction time and saves us money,” continued Walters.

Mr. Johnston is comfortable with aggressive start-up timetables and is an expert at managing development activities, controlling job costs and maintaining schedules. His communication skills are excellent, including negotiating with governmental officials, coordinating the work of design professionals and keeping clients apprised of project progress.

Dedicated to providing superior service as an extension of a developer’s right arm, Johnston Group ensures that projects are advanced rapidly and smoothly toward approval while avoiding costly oversights. For more information about Johnston Group please visit www.johnstongroupinc.com or contact Ryan Johnston directly at (561) 691-4552.