Hal Johnson, SIOR


Freudenberg NA
Magna NA
Moore Food Resources
Sunnex Tools
Zeus Industries (6)
Sempra Energy
The Water Initiative
Whitaker Park Development Authority
Brennan Investments
Oatly Inc
Laurens Electric Coop/Connexial Center Industrial Park
Thermo King
Greenwood Fabricating & Plating
Logisticus (4)
Books 4 Less
The Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway
Superland Holdings/Shamrock Commerce Center
Orangeburg County /International Commerce Park – Building One
Nature’s Value
American Fujikura Limited Global
Confidential Wood Product Manufacturing Company
Confidential EV Battery Supplier Client 
LioChem e-Materials Kentucky
Slumbershield Inc. 

Hal Johnson, SIOR

Broker | Consultant

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Hal works in conjunction with the NAI Earle Furman leadership team to strategically direct business development plans and design and implement processes to support the growth and success of their individual clients. He also works directly with clients and business partners to ensure the success of their projects and determine evolving market needs. Hal also leads NAI READY, a full service site location and economic/community development consulting and advisory firm. With 18 years of experience in all efforts of economic development, Hal brings practical real world solutions to your company to make it completely READY for your next project activity. Hal brings extensive knowledge in assisting companies seek the right site taking into consideration the entire scope of the project and the company’s bottom line. During his career he has worked with many large companies to include BMW, Michelin, Magna, Walmart, Oatly, Inc., Lennox, Food Lion, Husqvarna, and Zeus. Sizes of facilities range from 50,000 SF to upwards of 800,000 SF.

Prior to joining NAI READY, Hal served six years with the Orangeburg County Development Commission as its Executive Director and three years with the South Carolina Department of Commerce as a Project Manager before becoming President and CEO of the Upstate SC Alliance in 2005. He served in this capacity for almost nine years and was named the 2013 Economic Developer of the Year by the South Carolina Economic Development Association. Hal served as the chairman of the Southern Economic Development Council in 2014. Currently, Hal is the Southeastern Director of NAI Global’s Elite Corporate Services Team and serves as the Lead Site Selection and Incentive Specialist. Hal also serves on NAI Global’s Logistics Team.


  • B.S. in Business Administration, The Citadel, 1988
  • Economic Development Institute, University of Oklahoma, 2002

Professional Development & Awards:

  • Basic Economic Development, University of NC, 1997
  • International Economic Developers Council
  • SC Advanced Symposium, College of Charleston, 2001
  • Certified South Carolina Economic Developer since 2001
  • IAMC, Member 2002 – 2013, 2018 – present
  • 2003 Economic Developer of the Year – National Rural Economic Developers Association
  • 2003 Leadership South Carolina
  • South Carolina Economic Developers Association (SCEDA), President, 2005, Board of Directors 2000-2006
  • 2007 Haynesworth Sinkler Boyd P.A. – International Economic Development Award
  • Southern Economic Development Council – Chairman, 2014; Board of Directors, 2009 to present
  • 2013 Economic Developer of the Year – South Carolina Economic Development Association
  • 2022 SIOR Designation