Transwestern announced the expansion of the firm’s Healthcare Advisory Services to include a statewide practice in Florida led by newly hired Senior Vice President Brent Barnes.
Started in Houston, Transwestern’s headquarters and home to one of the largest healthcare facilities in the world, Transwestern’s Healthcare Advisory team has grown to become the country’s largest dedicated healthcare team, operating from 19 cities and including 120 members. The team provides a full range of services, including investment, leasing, tenant advisory and property management for hospitals, healthcare networks, physicians and investors.
“Florida has an 18.5 percent projected growth of healthcare jobs by 2024, making it the next natural market to implement our healthcare practice,” said Eric Johnson, Transwestern’s National Director for Healthcare Services. “Florida is a top growth market for healthcare and social services, contributing $69.9 billion, or nearly 14 percent, to all GDP industries in 2015. And the numbers are growing, up 6.5 percent year-over-year, creating unprecedented opportunities for owners and occupiers of all types of medical properties to capitalize on unprecedented growth.”
Barnes brings more than 20 years of experience in development, financing, leasing, ownership, and management of healthcare real estate projects. He has executed over $875 million in healthcare transactions, developed and leased over 1.2 million square feet of healthcare projects, and orchestrated a 28-building, $241 million medical office portfolio sale.
“I am truly honored to join such an innovative commercial real estate firm that is at the forefront of healthcare advisory services, complemented by a comprehensive platform and unique culture,” said Barnes. “The growth of Florida and its healthcare profession, and the challenges that it faces, provide exceptional opportunities for our services to be better utilized by both users and owners of medical space.”
Prior to joining Transwestern, Barnes served as Executive Vice President of Healthcare Services at Flagler Investment, where he worked with healthcare systems, multi-practice physician groups and investors in the southeast region, delivering the full suite of services.