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Michael S. Waddell

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Michael S. Waddell is president of Capital Square and known for building can-do, high-performance teams, creating strong collaborative and enjoyable work environments, developing creative solutions, driving successful results, an enthusiasm for real estate, and his passion for both helping investors achieve their goals and mentoring others. His role includes overseeing the company’s asset management group and its $6-plus billion property portfolio, leading the sale of Delaware statutory trust properties to take mature offerings full cycle, vetting property acquisitions as an investment committee member and helping drive the company’s future growth. He also played an integral role in the launch of Capital Square Living, the company’s new multifamily property management platform. Michael’s experience includes work with national, institutional and private real estate companies, where he has served in key leadership positions with focuses on both traditional and tax-advantaged real estate investments.

Michael has worked in many areas of real estate, including investment and asset management, property management, leasing, financing and refinancing, dispositions, acquisitions and development across multiple asset classes. He has overseen the management of numerous property portfolios across the United States, and negotiated and successfully completed over $2.8 billion in acquisition, lease and disposition transactions.

He formerly served as chief operating officer of Triple Net Properties, LLC and its successor companies (Grubb & Ellis Realty Investors and Daymark Realty Advisors). In this position, he oversaw asset management and other operational areas for the company, including its 20 million-square-foot commercial property portfolio, valued in excess of $3 billion. Prior roles include serving as president of CCA Properties, LLC, where he organized and led the company in creating value through sound investment management, executing successful property transactions, and maximizing operating income, as well as serving as executive director, head of U.S. East Coast, Latin America and Canada corporate real estate for The Walt Disney Company. In this role, Michael oversaw and elevated the Orlando-based group’s performance, served as interim global real estate head while leading the department’s organizational restructure and move from under Walt Disney Imagineering to an alignment under The Walt Disney Company’s CFO. He also outsourced and co-led the development of Walt Disney Attractions’ headquarters in Celebration, Florida and completed numerous lease transactions and consolidations. In a prior role, as managing director, corporate services of Faison & Associates, Inc., he launched, directed and grew the Corporate Services business until he was hired away by Disney. Additional past roles include senior vice president of Grubb & Ellis | Harrison & Bates; vice president of asset management and senior project manager for The Rowe Companies; and asset manager for Wachovia Bank’s (now part of Wells Fargo) real estate investment advisory group.  Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and an MBA from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He was awarded GlobeST Real Estate Forum’s Best Bosses 2022.

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