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Feature Story: HRE exec of the year joins elite list

Chip Conk has led Montecito to become one of the largest private MOB owners

By John B. Mugford

Edward W. “Chip” Conk of Montecito Medical Real Estate was named the Healthcare Real Estate Executive of the Year as part of the 2021 HREI Insights Awards. (Photo courtesy of GlobeSt)

Shortly after he received the 2021 Healthcare Real Estate (HRE) Executive of the Year Award Dec. 1, Edward W. “Chip” Conk, the CEO of Nashville, Tenn.-based Montecito Medical Real Estate, told the large audience at the awards ceremony how humbled and honored he was to receive the honor.

“You have no idea how much it means to me to receive recognition from people in this field for whom I have so much respect, and to be among the leaders in the healthcare real estate and medical office building industry who are previous recipients of this award,” he said during the HREI Insights Awards presentation at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

“When I look at the names of the former recipients going back to the first executive of the year award in 2013, I am truly humbled, and I want to point out that I accept this honor not just for myself but on behalf of the amazing group of people who make up Montecito Medical.”

Although Mr. Conk might be humbled and honored to be in the illustrious company of the previous HRE Executive of the Year award winners, the achievements of Montecito under his leadership in recent years are certainly worthy of such recognition.

As of recent weeks, Montecito, which acquires and owns medical office buildings (MOBs) with a variety of investment partners throughout the country, was on a pace to make acquisitions totaling about

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