Richard Johnson has a new partner and has recast his consulting firm as Odyssey Retail Advisors LLC.
The firm, formerly called Johnson Retail RE Consulting Inc., changed with the addition of Charlie Koniver.
“We believe, as a combined entity, we can do more good for our clients so we wanted the name to reflect more than just my name or Charlie’s or both,” said Johnson, managing director and partner at Odyssey Retail Advisors, based at 888 Seventh Avenue in New York.
The firm lists Burberry, Richemont, Stella McCartney, Away, WS Development and Crown Acquisitions among its clients.
Johnson and Koniver knew each other from past job experiences. They both worked at Kering, the global luxury group, where Johnson once served as head of real estate, Americas, conducting site selection, market research and negotiations for Kering’s Gucci, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Volcom and Puma brands. Koniver was a Kering senior real estate specialist.
Johnson also worked at the Greenberg Group retail real estate consultants, while Koniver had jobs at Richemont as a real estate director in North America and at Thor Retail Advisors where he was director of leasing.
Johnson said Odyssey Retail Advisors, with the addition of Koniver, will be able to serve “an expanding roster of luxury and lifestyle tenants and developer/landlord clientele.” To further expand the scope of the firm, Daniel Lewis recently joined as vice president. Previously, Lewis worked in planning and allocation at Michael Kors and was a leasing representative at GLA Real Estate.
“Charlie understands retail from the inside-out, having worked with some of the world’s most successful brands,” said Johnson. “This partnership allows us to combine years of operational experience and superior business analytics with the legal expertise that helps clients thrive in a constantly evolving business environment. We intimately understand the big picture because we also create it.”
Odyssey is involved in planning and assessing real estate, market analysis, managing lease portfolios, construction and design facilitation, developing budgets and offering strategic guidance.