Real Estate 2023: W. TAYLOR FRANKLIN
CEO, THE FRANKLIN JOHNSTON GROUP, VIRGINIA BEACH
Franklin was promoted to CEO in January, succeeding his father, Wendell, who is now chairman of the real estate development, management and investment firm they co-founded in 2013. Previously chief operating officer, Taylor Franklin oversees about
680 employees, including nearly 500 in Virginia.
In 2022, Franklin was the youngest-ever King Neptune at Virginia Beach’s Neptune Festival, and he is active in several other civic organizations, serving as vice chair of Norfolk Collegiate school’s board, chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation board and as a board member for Virginia Wesleyan University, his alma mater.
Franklin Johnston Group manages almost 25,000 residential units and 160 properties along the East Coast, with approximately $3 billion in total managed assets and $88 million in development underway.
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