Chairman of the Board, CEO and President
Mr. Peters has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors since July 2006, Chief Executive Officer since April 2006 and President since June 2007. He served as the Chief Executive Officer, President and a director of Grubb & Ellis Company (“GBE”), our former sponsor, from December 2007 to July 2008, and as the Chief Executive Officer, President and director of NNN Realty Advisors, a wholly owned subsidiary of GBE, from its formation in September 2006. Through the time of its merger with GBE, Mr. Peters served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Triple Net Properties, Inc. from September 2004 to November 2006. From April 2006 to 2007, Mr. Peters served as a director of NNN Apartment REIT, Inc. Mr. Peters served as President and Chief Executive Officer of G REIT, Inc. from 2005 to 2006, having previously served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from September 2004. From February 1997 to February 2007, Mr. Peters served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and a director of Golf Trust of America, Inc. (now known as Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. (NYSE MKT LLC: PTX)), a publicly traded REIT. From 1992 through 1996, Mr. Peters served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Pacific Holding Company in Los Angeles. From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Peters served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Castle & Cooke Properties, Inc. Mr. Peters received a B.B.A. degree in Accounting and Finance from Kent State University.
Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary
Robert Milligan is Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary at Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. He joined the Company in January 2012 as Director of Finance and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance in January 2013. He held this role until August 2014, at which time he became Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Milligan was previously a Vice President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch between July 2007 and January 2012. In this role, he focused on syndicated debt and bank credit products with a focus on financial sponsors and healthcare companies. Prior to that, he served in various corporate finance capacities at General Electric, including a position as Commercial Finance Analyst for GE Silicones (now Momentive Performance Materials following its sale to Apollo Global Management). Mr. Milligan holds a B.S. in Finance and Economics from Arizona State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Executive Vice President – Asset Management
Amanda Houghton is Executive Vice President of Asset Management at Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. and is responsible for overseeing the building operations and leasing for over 23 million square feet of primarily medical office buildings in 33 states. Previous roles at the Company include Senior Vice President of Asset Management and Finance from January 2011 to December 2011, and Vice President of Asset Management and Finance from January 2010 to January 2011. She comes from a varied background with experience in asset and joint venture management, acquisitions, dispositions and corporate cash modeling and valuation. From August 2006 to December 2009, Ms. Houghton was the Manager of Joint Ventures for Glenborough LLC in San Mateo, California, where she actively managed over two million square feet of retail/office properties and 400 acres of development land. Prior to joining Glenborough, Ms. Houghton provided acquisitions, asset management and disposition support in her position as Senior Analyst at ING Clarion in Boston, Massachusetts from August 2005 to August 2006. Between July 2004 and August 2005, she was a Senior Project Analyst for Weyerhaeuser Realty Investors in Irvine, California. Prior to Weyerhaeuser, Ms. Houghton participated in mergers and acquisitions structuring and valuation at RSM EquiCo in Costa Mesa, California and business and intangible asset valuation at Bernstein, Conklin & Balcombe in Dallas, Texas. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, was appointed to the NAIOP Medical and Life Sciences Forum and is a member of the CFA Institute and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). Ms. Houghton received a B.B.A in Finance and a B.A. in Public Policy from Southern Methodist University.
Chief Accounting Officer
David Gershenson is Chief Accounting Officer at Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. His previous role at the Company was from May 2016 to July 2017 where he was Senior Vice President of Finance. Prior to that, Mr. Gershenson was Director of Financial Planning & Analysis between December 2013 and May 2016, and Assistant Controller between July 2012 and December 2013. Mr. Gershenson previously served in various roles at BDO USA, LLP (formerly BDO Seidman, LLP) between October 2003 and June 2012, ultimately achieving the title of Senior Manager of Assurance Services, where he was focused on audits of public and private enterprises in the real estate, financial services and insurance industries. Mr. Gershenson is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California and holds a B.S. in Accountancy from California State University, Northridge.
Senior Vice President-Acquisitions & Development
Caroline Chiodo is Senior Vice President-Acquisitions & Development at Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. She joined the Company in January 2018 and focuses on investor relations and capital markets, as well as operational and financial analysis. Ms. Chiodo brings more than a decade of experience from the investment management industry with extensive background that includes a combination of working for a REIT dedicated investment fund as well as generalist roles at institutional investment firms. Most recently, Ms. Chiodo was a Global Research Analyst at Duff&Phelps Investment Management Company. Prior to Duff&Phelps, she was a Consumer Analyst for Sandler Capital Management in New York. She also spent seven years as an equity analyst for the Fundamental Growth Team at Wells Capital Management located in Indianapolis. Ms. Chiodo is a Chartered Financial Analyst and member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). She holds a B.S. in Business from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business where she majored in Finance and International Studies.
Mr. Blair was appointed as the lead independent director of our Board of Directors in December 2014 and has served as an independent director of the Company since September 2006. Mr. Blair served as the Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the board of directors of Golf Trust of America, Inc. (now known as Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. (NYSE MKT LLC: PTX)) from the time of its formation as a REIT and initial public offering in 1997 until his resignation and retirement in November 2007. During that term, Mr. Blair managed the acquisition, operation, leasing and disposition of the assets of the portfolio. From 1993 until February 1997, Mr. Blair served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for The Legends Group. As an officer of The Legends Group, Mr. Blair was responsible for all aspects of its operations, including acquisitions, development and marketing. From 1978 to 1993, Mr. Blair was the managing partner at Blair Conaway Bograd & Martin, P.A., a law firm specializing in real estate, finance, taxation and acquisitions. Currently, Mr. Blair operates the Blair Group, a consulting practice, which focuses on real estate acquisitions and finance. Mr. Blair received a B.S. degree in Business from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Mr. Blair is a member of the American Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association.
Ms. Booth currently has served as an independent director of the Company since March 2018. Ms. Booth currently serves as the President of the Ueberroth Family Foundation, which is actively engaged in working with groups and organizations focused on healthcare, human services and improving the lives of youth. Through these activities, Ms. Booth has established strong relationships within the healthcare community that provides her with strategic insights into health system plans. Her relationships have led to current roles as a Director for Hoag Hospital, part of the Providence St. Joseph Health system, and as a Member of the Texas Christian University (TCU) Chancellor’s Advisory Council. In addition, Ms. Booth currently serves as the chair of the steering committee of the Family Foundation Alliance and is a member of the Orange County Funders Roundtable. She is the past chair of the Board of Governors of the Orange County Community Foundation where she continues to chair the Community Impact Committee. Ms. Booth received her Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Colorado.
Mr. Cooper was appointed as an independent director of the Company in January 2020. Mr. Cooper is a distinguished leader in the healthcare industry, including roles in healthcare-focused private equity and more than 25 years with the General Electric Company (“GE”). Mr. Cooper is currently an operating partner at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a leading private equity firm focused on healthcare and technology investing. Prior to that, Mr. Cooper served as a long-time executive at GE, most recently as the President & CEO of GE Healthcare Systems, U.S. and Canada. In this role, he oversaw GE Healthcare’s core businesses of Imaging, Ultrasound, Life Care Solutions, Enterprise Digital Solutions and Services and partnered with care providers, healthcare systems and governments to improve healthcare quality, access and affordability. Mr. Cooper also served as the Commercial Officer for GE and several of its subsidiaries, including GE Energy Connections and GE Capital – Americas. He also served as the co-sponsor of several forums and initiatives aimed at increasing representation of women and minorities in GE’s various businesses. Mr. Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Mr. DeWald has served as an independent director of the Company since September 2006. He has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Verity Financial Group, Inc., a financial advisory firm, since 1992, where the primary focus has been in both the healthcare and technology sectors. Mr. DeWald also serves as a director of Targeted Medical Pharma, Inc. Mr. DeWald previously served as a director of Tenet Healthcare Corporation, ARV Assisted Living, Inc. and Quality Systems, Inc. From 1962 to 1991, Mr. DeWald was with the international accounting and auditing firm of KPMG, LLP, where he served at various times as an audit partner, a member of their board of directors and the managing partner of the Orange County, Los Angeles, and Chicago offices. Mr. DeWald has served as Chairman and director of both the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the United Way of Orange County California. Mr. DeWald received a B.B.A. degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Notre Dame and is a member of its Mendoza School of Business Advisory Council. Mr. DeWald is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), and is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Fix has served as an independent director of the Company since September 2006. Mr. Fix also serves as a director of First Foundation, Inc. and First Foundation Bank. Until November of 2008, when he completed the entity’s dissolution, he served for five years as the Chief Executive Officer of WCH, Inc., formerly Candlewood Hotel Company, Inc., having served as its Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since 1995. During his tenure with Candlewood Hotel Company, Inc., Mr. Fix oversaw the development of a chain of extended-stay hotels, including 117 properties aggregating 13,300 rooms. From July 1994 to October 1995, Mr. Fix was a consultant to Doubletree Hotels, primarily developing debt and equity sources of capital for hotel acquisitions and refinancing. Mr. Fix has been and continues to be a partner in The Contrarian Group, a business management and investment company since December 1992. From 1989 to December 1992, Mr. Fix served as President of The Pacific Company, a real estate investment and development company. During his tenure at The Pacific Company, Mr. Fix was responsible for the development, acquisition and management of an apartment portfolio comprising in excess of 3,000 units. From 1964 to 1989, Mr. Fix held numerous positions, including Chief Financial Officer, with The Irvine Company, a major California-based real estate firm that develops residential property, for-sale housing, apartments, commercial, industrial, retail, hotel and other land related uses. Mr. Fix was one of the initial team of ten professionals hired by The Irvine Company to initiate the development of 125,000 acres of land in Orange County, California. Mr. Fix is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). He received his B.A. degree from Claremont McKenna College and is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Management Program, the Stanford Financial Management Program, the UCLA Anderson Corporate Director Program, and the Stanford Directors’ Consortium.
Mr. Foss has served as an independent director of the Company since April 2015. Mr. Foss was President of General Electric Company’s (“GE”) Olympic Sponsorship and Corporate Accounts from 2003 until his retirement in February 2013. In addition, Mr. Foss was General Manager for Enterprise Selling at GE, with additional responsibilities for Sales Force Effectiveness and Corporate Sales Programs. Mr. Foss was rehired by GE in November 2013 to serve as the leader of the GE/NFL Brain Research Program. He has been with GE for 35 years and, prior to his most recent positions, served for six years as the President of GE Polymerland, a commercial organization representing GE Plastics in the global marketplace. Prior to GE Polymerland, Mr. Foss served in various commercial roles with GE, including introducing LEXAN® film in the 1970s, and was the Market Development Manager on the ULTEM® introduction team in 1982. He has also served as the Regional General Manager for four of the GE Plastics regions, including leading the GE Plastics effort in Mexico in the mid-1990s. Mr. Foss serves on the boards of First Tennessee National Association, formerly known as Capital Bank, N.A., and Polymer Group, Inc., a Blackstone Group portfolio company. Mr. Foss previously served on the board of directors of Capital Bank Corp., Green Bankshares and TIB Financial Corp. In addition, Mr. Foss serves as the President of the ALS Finding a Cure Foundation. Mr. Foss earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Boston.
Mr. Leupp was appointed as an independent director of the Company in January 2020. Mr. Leupp is a long-time REIT veteran, with over 25 years in the publicly traded real estate markets. Mr. Leupp is currently the Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager for Lazard Asset Management LLC in San Francisco, CA where he has worked since 2011. Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. Leupp was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Grubb & Ellis Alesco Global Advisors, which he founded in 2006 prior to its sale to Grubb & Ellis, and served as the Senior Portfolio Manager for their real estate securities mutual funds. Prior to that, Mr. Leupp has a long career as an equity analyst, including as a managing director at RBC and Robertson Stephens. Mr. Leupp also holds an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Santa Clara University. Jay is a past member of the Board of Directors of Chaminade College Preparatory, Los Angeles; and the Santa Clara University Board of Regents. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of G.W. Williams Company, San Francisco Catholic Charities, and on the Policy Board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Mathis has served as an independent director of the Company since April 2007. Since 1998 he has served as an executive consultant with D. Peterson & Associates in Houston, Texas, providing counsel to select clients on leadership, management, governance and strategy, and is the author of The Mathis Maxims, Lessons in Leadership. For over 35 years, Mr. Mathis held numerous leadership positions in organizations charged with planning and directing the future of healthcare delivery in the United States. Mr. Mathis was the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of The Methodist Hospital System in Houston, Texas, having served that institution in various executive positions for 27 years, including the last 14 years as Chief Executive Officer before his retirement in 1997. During his extensive career in the healthcare industry, he has served as a member of the board of directors of a number of national, state and local industry and professional organizations, including Chairman of the board of directors of the Texas Hospital Association, the American Hospital Association, and the American College of Healthcare Executives (“ACHE”), and he has served the federal government as Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Health Care Technology Assessment and as a member of the Medicare Prospective Payment Assessment Commission. For his work in the healthcare field, Mr. Mathis was inducted into the ACHE and Modern Healthcare Hall of Fame in 2016. From 1997 to 2003, Mr. Mathis was a member of the board of directors and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Centerpulse, Inc., and from 2004 to 2014 was a member of the board of directors and Chairman of the nominating and governance committee of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALXN). Mr. Mathis received a B.A. degree in Social Sciences from Pittsburg State University and a M.A. degree in Health Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Mr. Wescombe has served as an independent director of the Company since October 2006. He manages and develops real estate operating properties through American Oak Properties, LLC, where he is a principal. He is also a director, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, a nonprofit foundation established for the purpose of supporting scientific research. From October 1999 to December 2001, he was a partner in Warmington Wescombe Realty Partners in Costa Mesa, California, where he focused on real estate investments and financing strategies. Prior to retiring in 1999, Mr. Wescombe was a partner with Ernst & Young, LLP (previously Kenneth Leventhal & Company) from 1970 to 1999. In addition, Mr. Wescombe also served as a director of G REIT, Inc. from December 2001 to January 2008 and has served as chairman of the trustees of G REIT Liquidating Trust since January 2008. Mr. Wescombe received a B.S. degree in Accounting and Finance from San Jose State University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and California Society of Certified Public Accountants.