Chris Johnson

What they do: CEO
Where they do it: Hollister Construction
How they contribute: Guest Speaker

Christopher A. Johnson, a principal of the firm, oversees the day-to-day operations of the construction services practice. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Johnson has managed building projects in excess of 10,000,000 square feet. He represents many of the major public, private and institutional property and business owners in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Since founding Hollister Construction Services in 2004, his leadership has been instrumental to the company’s growth, fueled primarily by his accessibility and commitment to client satisfaction. Clients retain Hollister regularly because of the high level of service that Mr. Johnson provides and demands from his staff. Strong relationships naturally take route over the course of a project with Hollister. The number of employees has grown significantly and continues to do so, as does the employee retention rate; our clients look to Mr. Johnson for his commitment to quality as seen through his caliber of his staff and the execution of Hollister projects. Mr. Johnson started his career with BGA Construction, a national retail store fixture contractor and later moved to the Troast Construction Company, a regional construction manager, in the capacity of Vice President.

Fairleigh Dickinson University, B.S., Management and Entrepreneurial Studies.

Hollister Construction Services’ corporate growth is best mirrored by its philanthropic concentration. As Hollister expands its new construction presence, Mr. Johnson’s leadership has intensified its commitment to the community. Hollister actively encourages staff participation in community ventures and philanthropic activities, and provides matching funds for employees’ charitable contributions. Mr. Johnson maintains firm ties with his alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson, and remains involved in many alumni activities. In 2009, he was awarded with “The Pinnacle,” the highest honor the University bestows on its Alumni. He also has been involved with Charter Day, a dinner event held annually by the university in order to generate scholarships for at-need youth, and chairs the university’s division III athletic golf outing.

Mr. Johnson is active in numerous other charitable endeavors and supports The Ryan Wolf Kossar Foundation, The All Stars Program, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, and The United Way. In 2009, he founded The Hollister Foundation, a non-operating 501(c)(3), designed to mobilize, energize and inspire professionals in the real estate and construction industries to support and fund children’s education and health programs. The mission of The Hollister Foundation is to raise and distribute funds, and it promotes awareness for organizations that foster children’s advancement through education and health initiatives. The foundation has raised in excess of $1,300,000 to date. He is also a founder of Strides for Sara, an organization that helps raise funds for a Westfield, N.J. girl born with cerebral palsy.


2009 NJBIZ 40 under 40
FDU Pinnacle Society Inductee
NJBIZ Business of the Year
NJBIZ Corporate Citizen of the year Finalist (3 times)
NJBIA New Good Neighbor
Named NJ Best Place to Work
Top GC’s and CM’s
E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year