Mr. Ward serves as Chief Investment Officer and is a Principal at Bridge Commercial Real Estate, LLC. In addition to leading the investment and disposition initiatives for Bridge, Mr. Ward’s extensive commercial real estate and development experience gives him a unique perspective in navigating opportunities in the current real estate market. During his career, he has been involved in over $1.1 billion in commercial acquisitions, has asset managed over 13.6 million square feet, has had development oversight for 2.4 million square feet, and has financed $550 million originated out of $1.1 billion in financing and/or refinancing.
Mr. Ward’s deep experience allows him to provide detailed asset management reporting and portfolio strategies tailored to individual partner needs and objectives, using his extensive knowledge to achieve exceptional results. These are delivered in a concise, informative way, allowing partner to be actively involved and fully informed of asset strategy and performance throughout the life of a property or portfolio.
Prior to joining Bridge, John Ward held the role of Chief Financial Officer with Jackson Oats Shaw Corporate Real Estate where he assisted in the firms many refinance and recapitalization efforts, including the recapitalization of the firm’s 36 story Class A office building in downtown Atlanta, Centennial Tower. Mr. Ward worked directly with the firm’s CEO, President, and COO to fine tune and streamline communication with investors and provide valuable reporting and strategy.
Mr. Ward has also served as Vice President at Banyan Street Partners where he was responsible for evaluating new potential acquisitions with an additional focus on asset management and financial initiatives of 2.2 million square feet of properties. Mr. Ward has also held positions as Regional Vice President of America’s Capital Partners where he led $630 million in direct acquisitions, $1 billion in acquisitions/recapitalizations $500 million in direct financing, and $850 million in total financing/refinancing, including 5.1 million square feet of asset management and 1.2 million square feet of redevelopment.
Mr. Ward worked for Cousins Properties where he asset managed 3.1 million square feet of office in 4 states, assisted in development oversight of 1.2 million square feet of office space, and led entitlement efforts on 2.1 million square feet of office space and 1600 condominium units.
Mr. Ward received a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate from Florida State University where he was a National Merit Scholar. Mr. Ward also has his Series 7, 63 licenses.