The Team


John Johnston

Estates Director

CalBRE #: 01510721


Johnny Johnston hails from Vail, Colorado. He spent his youth frolicking through the Rockies adorned
in lederhosen. His devastating good looks got him into Brown University and he headed East to study
History, Literature and Architecture. Afterward, Johnny moved to Los Angeles in search of the perfect
Spanish villa. The search has lasted 20 years and taken him across the city. Sometimes, looking at
property, he’d try to solve some of life’s more confounding questions. Do the laws of thermodynamics
apply equally to the mid-century and craftsman? Does a modern home need a modern man? What is
modern... and what is man? Toward this end, Johnny went to seminary to pursue a Masters degree in
Johnny and his team have established themselves as one of the most respected real estate teams in the
city. With a clientele steeped in the entertainment industry, Johnny has represented principals from
more than 20 countries. He was in the top 1% of Sotheby’s International Realty agents nationwide for
nearly a decade.
When Compass approached Johnny to launch their West Coast offices, he knew that their cutting edge
technology and community culture would serve his clients more effectively. Johnny was involved in the
creation of a non-profit organization committed to empowering youth through education. 100% of
proceeds goes directly to local schools for our children. A percentage of every dollar Johnny's team earns
goes to these charitable endeavors. To date, his office has contributed over $30,000 to Los Angeles public
schools. Johnny, his wife (fashion designer Heidi Merrick) and their two children split their time
between Carpinteria and Vail. Heidi forbids Johnny from indulging in lederhosen, but late at night he
still dares to dream.


Joseph Lightfoot

Branch Manager, Compass Hollywood

CalBRE#: 01234765

Joe began his career in the construction trades, earning his General Contractor’s license at age 24 – soon after buying his first income property. 

After almost 20 years as a landlord, and building contractor – for both prominent architects and regular folk – Joe teamed up with his wife Joanne in 1998 to build her already-successful real estate practice into one of the most productive teams in Silver Lake and Echo Park. Joe’s passion is helping people solve problems, whether that’s finding the right place to call home, or navigating the complexities of owning income-producing property. 

Joe loves spending time with his wife and his grandson, geeking out on economics and philosophy, and exploring the hidden recesses of Griffith Park.

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Joseph Kim

Estates Manager / Real Estate Agent

CalBRE#: 02039186

Originally a Southern California native, Joseph spent a decade up north in Sonoma County, where he discovered his affection for towering Redwoods, grapevines, and foggy coastlines. After working at various wineries in the Russian River Valley, he grew nostalgic for warmer climes and returned south to the sprawling suburb from whence he once came. After moving back to Los Angeles, he was hired as Operations Manager at Realty ONE Group, where he managed over 40 agents and oversaw every aspect of real estate transactions; from contracts, to arbitration disputes, title & zoning issues, and successfully facilitated over 200 transactions. His ability to create lasting relationships, along with his passion and dedication make him an indispensable asset. When he witnessed the ground-breaking technology and resources that Compass provides for its clientele, he decided to join them to establish their presence as a leading brokerage on the West Coast.



Kathryn Teague

Product Expert

A liason between the team and clients, Kathryn implements Compass' proprietary technology to provide an unmatched client experience. Kathryn joins Compass with past experience in the Operations Management side of medical start ups. She graduated from Louisiana State University, after growing up in Alaska. She loves watching live comedy, podcasts, and her dog, Toby.

Rich Kane

Transaction Coordinator

Ushers the transaction from start to finish while overseeing all aspects of contracts, disclosures, and reports to ensure the protection of our clients. A California native, Rich has lived all over the world and many cities throughout the country. He joins Compass with a background in real estate, marketing and finance. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his dogs and cooking.

Andrea Janko

Marketing Associate

Oversees and orchestrates the multi fronts of the marketing campaign. Analyzes and strategizes approaches across multiple platforms (LA Times, Facebook, Bloomberg).Growing up in Germany and Slovenia, Andrea most recently managed business development at Collins, a brand consultancy based in New York City. In her spare time, Andrea loves skiing, hiking and reading a good book on a Sunday afternoon.

Office Location


1601 Vine St., 6th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90028


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