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People: Five questions with W. Todd Jensen

Sector veteran joins Dallas-based Caddis to help grow its MOB portfolio

By John B. Mugford

W. Todd Jensen has plenty of experience in the healthcare real estate (HRE) sector, and in his 25-year career with both public and private companies has been involved in more than 300 transactions topping $5 billion.

Dallas-based Caddis, which has been focused on healthcare facilities since its founding as the successor to a previous HRE firm in 2008, is looking to tap into Mr. Jensen’s experience to help grow its medical office building (MOB) portfolio, which currently comprises 42 assets with about 2 million square feet of space and $600 million in value

The company recently hired him for a newly created position: executive VP, investments.

“We created this new position because we wanted to add more senior talent to help us grow our portfolio and expand our capital relationships,” says Lance M. Hardenburg, managing partner and CEO of the HRE firm with a national platform. The company, Mr. Hardenburg adds, looks to grow the portfolio by “making MOB acquisitions through our various medical office investment funds. However, we will continue to consider MOB development opportunities outside our investment funds, and where strategic or other considerations dictate our doing so, we also may pursue acquisitions opportunities on a separately syndicated basis.”

Mr. Jensen will lead Caddis’ acquisitions team while also providing “strategic leadership to business development, capital relationships and development operations,” Mr. Hardenburg added.

As noted, Mr. Jensen’s experience is quite extensive, as prior to joining Caddis he was principal of Jensen Property Group, a real estate development and investment firm focused on healthcare, mixed-use and multifamily properties. Prior to that, Mr. Jensen was with New York-based Healthcare Trust Inc., a non-traded real estate investment trust (REIT), where he helped raise and invest nearly $5 billion in healthcare-related properties.

He also spent more than 15 years with several HRE firms, including DASCO Companies, Lauth Property Group and Hammes Company.

Upon learning of Mr. Jensen’s new position, HREI reached out to and he agreed to answer a few questions we tossed his way.

HREI: Can you tell us why you decided to join Caddis? What excites you about the company and this opportunity?

Jensen: I decided to join Caddis because they are a well-regarded firm with proven capabilities in the acquisition, capitalization, development and management of both medical office buildings and senior housing properties. It’s a great fit with my background and 25-year experience in healthcare real estate, where I have acquired and developed both medical office buildings and senior housing properties on a nationwide basis. I’m excited about the opportunity to help grow the company and the portfolio. That’s what I’ve done a lot in my career — help healthcare real estate businesses grow — and I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. There is already a great platform that is poised for growth, and both Caddis and I think I can help.

HREI: One of your roles will be leading the acquisitions team for Caddis. As you know, it’s a very competitive time to be involved in MOB and HRE facility acquisitions, what with so many investors interested in the space. How do you plan to go about finding and acquiring properties in a market like this? Also, how much does Caddis plan to acquire, perhaps on an annual basis?

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