Mr. Cooper joined the Gladstone Companies at their inception in June 2001 with an extensive background in commercial real estate finance. He is currently the President of Gladstone Commercial Corporation (the “Company”) where he is focused on the executive oversight of the sourcing and executing of net leased real estate acquisitions as well as portfolio and corporate strategy. He is also responsible for the development and retention of talent necessary to operate and grow the business. During his tenure with the Company, Mr. Cooper has been responsible for acquiring the majority of the Company’s real estate portfolio.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Cooper served as a Senior Vice President and Principal of Allied Capital Corporation and its affiliate funds from 1986 to 2000. At Allied Capital, Mr. Cooper was responsible for originating all forms of commercial real estate loans and servicing a portfolio of over $300 million in debt instruments and mortgages. During his career, he has negotiated and closed all types of commercial real estate transactions and financings. Mr. Cooper received a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Washington and Lee University and is a member of the National Association of Industrial Office Properties (NAIOP).