Stephen O. Evans
Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors (Independent Director)
Before joining the CMFT Board of Directors in 2020, Mr. Evans has served as one of Cole Office & Industrial REIT (CCIT III), Inc. (“CCIT III”) independent directors and as a member of CCIT III’s audit committee since July 2016 and as chairman of CCIT III’s nominating and corporate governance committee and CCIT III’s valuation, compensation and affiliate transactions committee since August 2018. Mr. Evans previously served as non-executive chairman of the CCIT III Board from July 2016 to August 2018. Retiring in 2010, Mr. Evans served as an executive and trustee of Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR), a publicly traded REIT. In 1981, Mr. Evans co-founded and served as chief executive officer and chairman of Evans Withycombe Residential, a multi-family investment company focused in Arizona and California. In 1994, Evans Withycombe Residential (EWR) became a publicly traded REIT and Mr. Evans served as its chief executive officer and chairman until its merger with Equity Residential in December 1997. Mr. Evans served as a director of the Biltmore Bank of Arizona from 2004 to December 2012, and currently serves as a director of Communities Southwest, a private land investment and development company. His business affiliations have included the Arizona Multi-Housing Association, Urban Land Institute, National Multi-Housing Council and National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Mr. Evans currently serves on the board of directors of the following non-profit organizations: Arizona Community Foundation, Arizona State University Foundation and Valley of the Sun United Way. Mr. Evans received a B.S. in Business Administration and a M.B.A. from Arizona State University.