Jeffrey A. Davis is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Cambridge Realty Capital Companies, one of the nation’s leading senior housing / healthcare financiers with more than 350 closed senior housing / healthcare debt and equity transactions totaling more than $3 billion since the 1990s.
Mr. Davis is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in finance. He earned a graduate degree in Real Estate Investment Analysis and Appraisal from the University of Wisconsin in 1976, and joined Baird & Warner Inc., a diversified Chicago-based real estate firm, the same year. In the commercial lending division, he swiftly moved up through the ranks to become the youngest Senior Vice President in the 150-year-old real estate company’s history.
Mr. Davis founded Cambridge Realty Capital Company in 1983 as a regional commercial real estate lender and merchant banking firm. During the 1990s, a decision to specialize in senior housing / healthcare financing was made, and the company began to expand nationally into new markets. Today, Cambridge has a regional office in Los Angeles, and correspondent relationships in several other U.S. cities.
The company has underwritten loans in 25 states and has emerged as one of the nation’s leading HUD-232 FHA / Lean-approved lenders. Clients also are served by an integrated debt / equity financing strategy that includes direct property acquisitions and joint ventures, sale / leasebacks, conventional and mezzanine debt financing, and the acquisition of distressed debt. The company offers a wide array of conventional lending options, including permanent construction and interim loans on a floating or variable rate basis.
Mr. Davis has been active in several professional organizations, including the Urban Land Institute, American Health Care Association, American Senior Housing Association, the National Association for Senior Living Industry, and the Assisted Living Facility Association of America. His civic and philanthropic activities include serving as a former board member and a current board member Emeritus for the Center for Enriched Living, an after-school activity center for mentally disadvantaged children, and a current board member for Meals on Wheels Chicago, a not-for-profit organization providing meals to needy seniors. He also served on the Museum and Education Center Committee for the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois, a not-for-profit organization created to finance and build the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, a world-class institution which opened in 2009 to teach the lessons of the Holocaust along with serving as a committee member for Founding Our Second Century for the Francis W. Parker school in Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Davis has been quoted in business and industry newspapers and magazines, including National Real Estate Investor, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, McKnight’s Long-Term Care, Provider, Contemporary Long-Term Care, Commercial Property News, Dodge Construction News, Senior Housing Investor and numerous other publications, conferences and conventions.