Martha Turner Sotheby’s names Allison Johanson vice president of sales

by Alsha Khan

Allison Johanson (Photo courtesy of Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty)

Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty, one of Houston’s leading luxury real estate firms, has announced that Allison Johanson will be joining the company and starting her role as vice president for the company’s six Houston offices beginning today. 

As VP of sales, Johanson will help lead the local brokerage’s strategic growth, recruit and develop agents and consult on sales transactions. 

Johanson has 23 years of combined real estate law and management experience and spent the past seven years serving as in-house counsel and agent liaison for another local luxury brokerage. Before that, she was an attorney with DeLange, Hudspeth, McConnel & Tibbets, where she practiced title insurance litigation for seven years. 

“I look forward to leveraging my in-depth knowledge of Houston real estate and law to assist sales associates with Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty in growing their business, as well as ensuring our clients enjoy successful real estate transactions,” said Johanson in a press release.

Johanson began her career as a private-sector attorney focusing on real estate litigation and transactions with the boutique firm of Hargis & Harpold. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Southern Methodist University and her law degree from South Texas College of Law. 

“Allison’s experience in sales management and comprehensive knowledge of the Houston real estate market will make her a strong asset to the team, and we are thrilled to welcome her to her new role,” said Robin Conner, president of Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty, in the press release.

Johanson’s appointment marks the fourth recent leadership change at Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty. Conner was promoted to president at the end of March following the departure of Marilyn Thompson, who retired after 30 years with the company. She joined the company as an agent in 2004 and moved up to management in 2014. 

The company also announced that Paul Kilian was promoted to senior vice president after beginning his career with Sotheby’s International Realty in Manhattan in 2012. Paul Silverman, who started as an agent in 2012 and joined management in 2019, was recently named director of agent growth.  

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