Mr. Busch has been an active investor in the real estate industry since 1985. Since 2013, Mr. Busch has served as President of our advisor. Mr. Busch also has served as a director of our Company since September 2014 and served as Chairman and President of our Company from August 2015 to the present. From October 2014 to the present, Mr. Busch has served as Director and Vice Chairman of American Housing REIT Inc. (f/k/a On Target 360), which is also externally managed by our advisor, and from October 2014 to the present has served as its Chairman. His experience includes developing numerous properties in various asset classes, owning and managing real estate in several states, including rental housing, and a wide variety of commercial real estate. Since 2001, Mr. Busch has also served as President of Safe Blood International Foundation, where he oversees the establishment of medical facilities in 35 developing nations, funded by the CDC and USAID, Exxon Mobil, and the Gates Foundation. Mr. Busch has had presidential appointments in two presidential administrations, one in the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs and the other at the United Nations in Geneva, where he served as a United States delegate. Mr. Busch is a graduate of the New York University Stern School of Business, holds a Masters of Public Administration from New York University, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Emory University.
Mr. Leon joined the Company in August 2014 and has served as Chief Investment Officer since July 1, 2015. Mr. Leon is a real estate finance executive with 15 years of acquisition and capital markets experience with approximately 100 completed transactions on behalf of institutional investors valued at $3 billion. Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Leon was a Senior Vice President with Cain Brothers & Company, a boutique health care investment banking firm based out of New York and San Francisco, in their real estate M&A and capital markets group. Mr. Leon joined Cain Brothers in 2005 and worked with leading clients across the healthcare spectrum including several health systems, multi-specialty physician groups, senior housing operators, non-traded and NYSE-listed REITs, health care developers, and private equity funds. Prior to Cain Brothers, Mr. Leon was an associate with LaSalle Investment Management, an international investment advisor firm, in their North American acquisition group. Mr. Leon joined LaSalle in 2000 and acquired $800 million in multi-family, office, medical office, and industrial property on behalf of institutional investors that include the nation’s largest pension funds and college endowments and a number of sovereign wealth funds. LaSalle Investment Management is a subsidiary of global consultancy firm Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL).
Mr. Leon’s experience includes managing commercial real estate transactions ranging from $5 million to $500 million, raising capital for developers for projects valued over $100 million, structuring joint ventures between developers and investors, completing large $100 million portfolio investment sales to health care REITs, structuring sale-leasebacks for physician groups, acquisitions and dispositions for separate and commingled funds, corporate real estate M&A, structuring credit tenant lease financing for investment grade health systems, and strategic real estate advisory for health systems. Mr. Leon’s property type expertise within the healthcare sector includes medical office, outpatient facilities, surgical facilities, post-acute facilities, senior housing, and hospitals.
Mr. Leon received his Master’s degree in real estate finance from the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology and his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia.
Ms. Holley has served as our chief operating officer since March 30, 2016. Ms. Holley’s business development and management experience spans more than 18 years with an emphasis on working in an international environment. She has extensive experience in international program management, government procurement, and global business roll-outs and start-ups. As Executive Director for Safe Blood International Foundation, from April 15, 2008 to present, she oversaw national health initiatives in Africa and Asia, including an Ebola response project. Ms. Holley has held management positions as the Director of Strategy, Corporate Business Development for WorldSpace, Inc. from 1997 to 2000, Director of Marketing for Corporate and Business at ISI Professional Services from 2000 to 2001, and Director of Administration at Tanzus Development from 1996 to 1997 and SK&I Architectural Design Group, LLC from 2003 to 2007. Ms. Holley has more than a decade of experience managing multinational teams for complex service delivery across disciplines.
She received a B.S.F.S from the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in International Law, Politics and Organization, an African Studies Certificate and Arabic Proficiency (May 1994). She studied International Organization at the School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont and Rabat, Morocco (January − June 1993). She is an ICF certified executive leadership coach and an alumna of Georgetown University’s Graduate Leadership Coaching Program (September 2010).
Mr. Kiernan is a financial executive with 30 years of successful experience in financial accounting, reporting and management. He joined the Company in August 2017 as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Kiernan’s experience includes initial and secondary public offerings, business combinations, quarterly, annual and other filings with the SEC, and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley internal control requirements. His extensive management and accounting experience has focused on the financial services industry, including broker dealers, mortgage REITs, and investment funds.
Prior to becoming Global Medical REIT, Inc.’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Kiernan served as the Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of FBR & Co. (“FBR” NASDAQ: FBRC) commencing in October 2007. Prior to joining FBR, Mr. Kiernan served as the Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Arlington Asset Investment Corp. (“Arlington Asset” NYSE: AI) commencing in April 2003. Prior to joining Arlington Asset, Mr. Kiernan was a senior manager in the assurance practice at Ernst & Young.
Mr. Kiernan holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Mount St. Mary’s University, Cum Laude (1987) and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Barber is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Company and was appointed by the Board of Directors effective May 8, 2017. Mr. Barber has more than a decade of experience as legal counsel with responsibilities for SEC compliance and reporting matters, corporate governance, investment banking operations and REIT-related capital markets. From July 2012 to May 2017, Mr. Barber was Associate General Counsel at FBR & Co. where he assisted with SEC compliance, corporate governance and was primary counsel for investment banking operations. From August 2004 to June 2012 he served as Senior Associate – REIT Capital Markets at Hunton & Williams LLP, where he represented public REITs in conjunction with their SEC compliance requirements, corporate governance matters and offerings of equity and debt and merger and acquisition transactions. From September 2003 to August 2004 he served as an Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he represented issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities.
Mr. Barber received his Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law in 2003. In 1999 he received his Bachelor of Science, Accounting and Finance from Indiana University.
Mr. Webb joined the Company in December 2014 and has served as Senior Vice President, SEC Reporting and Technical Accounting since October 2015. Mr. Webb was appointed by the Company’s Board of Directors as an executive officer of the Company effective June 8, 2016. Mr. Webb has more than 25 years of experience in SEC reporting and technical accounting within multiple industries, including real estate, health care, oil and gas, government contracting, and public utilities. From June 2014 to November 2014, Mr. Webb was an independent consultant. From December 2012 to May 2014, Mr. Webb worked at Empire Petroleum Partners, LLC, one of the largest and most geographically diversified wholesale distributors of motor fuel in the United States. At Empire Mr. Webb served as Director of Financial Reporting from December 2012 to May 2013 and was promoted to Vice President and Corporate Controller from June 2013 to May 2014. Mr. Webb was an independent consultant during October and November of 2012 before joining Empire. Mr. Webb was the Director of SEC Reporting and Technical Accounting at Versar, Inc. (NYSE: VSR), a global project management company providing support to federal, state, and local clients worldwide from August 2011 to September 2012. From January 2011 to August 2011, Mr. Webb was an independent consultant. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Accounting at Coventry Health Care, Inc., which was acquired by Aetna (NYSE: AET) in 2013. Mr. Webb joined Coventry in April 2008. Prior to joining Coventry, Mr. Webb was the Assistant Controller for Pepco Holdings, Inc., which merged with Exelon (NYSE: EXC) in 2016. Mr. Webb joined Pepco Holdings in August 1998. Prior to joining Pepco Holdings, Mr. Webb joined the real estate industry group within the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance in March 1997 and joined Arthur Andersen in September 1990 where he served as the engagement manager on several REIT initial public offering engagements.
Mr. Webb’s experience includes initial public offerings, secondary equity offerings, SEC reporting and compliance, the identification, resolution, and documentation of complex technical accounting issues, the implementation of new accounting pronouncements, due diligence for target acquisitions and subsequent post-acquisition integration, oversight of the external audit function and quarterly review functions, building and managing large multi-locational teams; significant involvement in Investor Relation functions, and presenting financial reporting and compliance related matters to Audit Committees and Boards of Directors.
Mr. Webb received his Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland with Summa Cum Laude honors. Mr. Webb is an active Certified Public Accountant in the state of Maryland.