A graduate of UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Business Economics, Bryon Ward began his career in commercial real estate in 1984. Mr. Ward joined Grubb & Ellis Company, one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate brokerages, where he was named “Rookie of the Year” his first year in the business. Mr. Ward was appointed senior vice president in record time shortly after joining the company and was consistently among the firm’s top brokers throughout his 22 years with the company.
As a member of the Grubb & Ellis’ Industrial Division, he had the distinction of being named the company’s top broker nationally multiple years. He was principal negotiator in transactions totaling over 22 million square feet and valued at over $3 billion (USD) which included many of the company’s largest and most complex assignments. He represented some of the nation’s largest institutional and private investors as well as corporate users on leasing and disposition assignments – many of which he represented on repeated occasions and in multiple markets across the United States.
A seasoned industry veteran, Mr. Ward brings a unique breadth of experience in commercial real state to Burnham USA. He has transacted not only significant corporate sales and leases, but also completed assignments for build-to-suits, investment sales, land sales, portfolio sales, development design, structured finance and entitlement oversight. He also managed one of the firm’s largest corporate accounts and facilitated a 10-year nationwide expansion into 12 markets across the United States, involving over 10 million square feet of warehouse and office space.
During his tenure, Mr. Ward was known as a strategic thinker, top negotiator, and creative marketer. He has also participated as a speaker for commercial real estate industry panels, written articles for various real estate publications, and co-developed lease management software utilized by many of Grubb & Ellis’ corporate clients.
In 2004, Ward formed Ward Properties, LLC, which has developed and acquired more than 1 million square feet of industrial, office, and retail properties valued at over $75 million.
Mr. Ward joined Burnham USA as a partner in 2007, where he has been responsible for strategic portfolio oversight, property acquisitions, and development.
Mr. Ward has been active in numerous civic and charitable organizations as well as real estate groups including ICSC, NAIOP, CCIM, and SIOR.