Independent Director and Audit Chair
Before joining the CMFT Board of Directors in 2020, Mr. Gary was as an independent director of Cole Credit Property Trust V, Inc. (“CCPT V”) and a member of CCPT V’s audit committee since April 2015, as chairman of the audit committee since June 2015, and as chairman of CCPT V’s nominating and corporate governance committee and a member of the valuation, compensation and affiliate transactions committee since August 2018. Mr. Gary is a Co-Founder and current Ambassador of Keiter, PC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, which was founded in 1978. Mr. Gary has more than 38 years of experience in public accounting, providing accounting, tax, and consulting services to business organizations and individuals. His accounting practice has focused on general business consulting, real estate construction, development and management, employee benefits, executive compensation, estate planning and administration. Mr. Gary has provided insights and opportunities to clients in a variety of industries, including real estate, estates, trusts and foundations, private venture capital investors, manufacturing, distribution and professional services. He previously served as an independent director of Landmark Apartment Trust, Inc. (formerly Grubb & Ellis Apartment REIT, Inc.) from December 2005 until May 2014, and of Cornerstone Realty Income Trust from 2003 until its 2005 merger with Colonial Property. While serving on the boards of both Landmark and Cornerstone, Mr. Gary also served as the chairperson and financial expert for each company’s audit committee. He received a B.S. in Accounting from Wake Forest University and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Mr. Gary is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Information Technology Professional, a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a Certified Financial Planner® and a Realtor licensed in Virginia.