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WTC Chicago Introduction of Executive Director

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CHICAGO, IL, USA - World Trade Center Chicago, one of the newest members of the World Trade Centers Association having been admitted in 2014, has appointed Sarah Emmerton as its Interim Executive Director. 

Sarah is the Director of Research at the Chicago-based real estate and hospitality consulting firm Johnson Consulting. Johnson Consulting’s President, Charles H. Johnson, is a member of the Board of Directors of World Trade Center Chicago. Sarah joined Johnson Consulting in 2010 after working in London as a regeneration/redevelopment analyst with one of the area’s local redevelopment authorities. Prior to that, Sarah worked as a real estate analyst and consultant with a strategic real estate consulting firm in Melbourne, Australia. She has experience working across a range of different real estate markets, on a variety of projects completed on behalf of both public and private sector clients.

At Johnson Consulting, Sarah specializes in market and financial analysis for convention, hospitality, and real estate projects, with a particular focus on mixed-use developments, multi-purpose event and entertainment venues, convention and conference centers, hotels, fairgrounds and World Trade Centers. Johnson Consulting has a proud history of providing research on the impact of selected World Trade Centers on their respective communities, conducted on behalf of the World Trade Centers Association, as well as individual World Trade Centers around the world. This work makes it the foremost firm in the world providing such services. 

“Sarah has special knowledge of the Association, as well as the operational issues concerning World Trade Centers” said Martin Schiffman, Managing Member of Chicago World Trade Center Partners LLC, the entity owning World Trade Center Chicago. “She will be perfect for us as we go through our organizational stage.” 

Sarah leads Johnson Consulting in market research, case study development, and consumer and customer survey analysis. Her background in urban planning equips her with a sound understanding of how to apply the principles and practices of strategic planning to undertake projects that best respond to a community’s needs and maximize the benefits for the local, regional and national economies.

Sarah will be located in World Trade Center Chicago’s office in central Chicago at 6 East Monroe Street. Sarah can be reached at 312 447-2002, semmerton@chjc.com.

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