|Brad Thomas is a professional real estate advisor, investor, and journalist who is proud to bring his expertise in institutional quality capital markets transactions with a specific focus on triple net leased facilities and sale-leaseback structures to Bull Realty. Thomas writes about the REIT industry for Seeking Alpha, The Street, ForexPros and Forbes, and also authors a monthly REIT newsletter for Forbes. He has spoken about the REIT industry on radio talk shows (including The Commercial Real Estate Show) and at investment forums, and frequently interviews REIT CEOs about trends in the industry.
Thomas has more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, and has worked for many nationally recognized REITs including Philips Edison, Thompson National Properties, and Embree Capital. Prior to this, Thomas worked for a regional developer, C&T Investments, and soon became partner. Thomas was instrumental in growing the C&T operating portfolio where Thomas was a co-developer for many best-in-class retailers, including Wal-Mart, CVS, Advance Auto Parts, PetSmart, OfficeMax, Party City, Bi-Lo, and Payless ShoeSource, along with several national video, fashion and dollar store retailers.
Thomas has also invested in and operated several multi-unit franchises such as Papa John’s Pizza and The Athletes Foot, and developed sites for restaurant clients including Applebee’s, IHOP, Waffle House, Outback Steakhouse, Papa John’s Pizza, CiCi’s Pizza, Red Lobster, Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts.
Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree from Presbyterian College with a major in business and economics. He followed a challenging curriculum that included business, accounting, marketing and real estate coursework. Thomas was also a member of the Army ROTC program and played college basketball.
Thomas believes that hard work is the foundation of future success and has held sales and entrepreneurial jobs consistently since middle school. He is a devoted student of the investing philosophy of Benjamin Graham, noted economist and former mentor to Warren Buffett, who fathered the principles of value investing. This philosophy is anchored on investing in high-quality assets with a core focus on principal preservation. Thomas’ believes that, to quote from Graham’s seminal work “Security Analysis”, “An investment operation is one which, upon thorough analysis promises safety of principal and adequate return. Operations not meeting these requirements are speculative.”