Jeffrey M. Busch
Chief Executive Officer, Chairman & President
Mr. Busch has served as Chairman and President of our Company from August 2015 to present and has served as Chief Executive Officer of our Company since August 2017. He has served as a Director since September 2014. Mr. Busch has been an active investor in the real estate industry since 1985. 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 served as a director of American Pacific Bankcorp, Inc. (APB) through February 2020. Mr. Busch also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Avant Diagnostics, Inc. (AVDX), a cancer diagnostics company, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of OncBioMune Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company specializing in innovative cancer treatment therapies. Mr. Busch holds a B.A. from New York University in the Stern School of Business, a Masters of Public Administration from New York University, and a J.D. from Emory University.
Chief Investment Officer
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 19 years of acquisition and capital markets experience on behalf of institutional investors. Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Leon was a Senior Vice President with Cain Brothers & Company (acquired by Keybanc in 2017), 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 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 real estate acquisitions, raising capital, structuring joint ventures between developers and investors, completing large 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.
Chief Operating Officer
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).
Chief Financial Officer
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.
Jamie A. Barber
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
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.