Richard A. Thomas

Richard A. Thomas

Senior Vice President
Office Manager, Seniors Housing and Healthcare Finance Group
Atlanta, GA


Richard, Senior Vice President and Seniors Housing Product Manager for Grandbridge Real Estate Capital (a subsidiary of BB&T Corporation), has a depth of real estate and banking experience spanning 2 decades and ranging from commercial loan workouts, asset management/disposition to debt and equity placement.

Since 2003, Richard has been focused solely on the seniors housing industry as a provider of debt and equity capital as well as advisory services to seniors housing clients nationwide. He has originated and closed more than $5 billion in seniors housing loan, sales and advisory transactions and has consistently earned top company and lender production awards. The enormous success of the seniors housing team is the direct result of their ability to innovate, craft solutions, and focus on the surety of execution. They proudly create unparalleled value for their clients on each and every transaction.

Prior to joining Grandbridge, Richard was a director with Collateral Real Estate Capital, LLC, which was acquired by BB&T Corporation’s principal subsidiary Branch Banking and Trust Company in November of 2007. Collateral was subsequently merged with BB&T’s existing commercial real estate and servicing platform, Laureate Capital LLC. The merged company was named Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC, which today is one of the largest full-service commercial and multifamily mortgage banking companies in the nation.

Richard received his bachelor of arts degree from Berry College in Rome, GA, in 1991 and earned his MBA with a concentration in real estate from Georgia State University in 1999. He is an executive board member of the American Seniors Housing Association and an active participant in the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC). Richard has been a speaker at numerous events including NIC, Regional NIC, ASHA, ULI and BISNOW’s Atlanta Seniors Housing Summit. Additionally, he has been a featured guest on the nationally syndicated “Commercial Real Estate Show” (radio).

Representative closings

Pacific Pointe Retirement Inn

  • $12,250,000
  • 114 units
  • Acquisition/Bridge
  • BB&T Real Estate Funding
  • Originated by Richard Thomas

Brightview North Andover

  • $30,250,000
  • 133 units
  • Refinance
  • Fannie Mae
  • Originated by Richard Thomas

Benton House of West Ashley

  • $9,487,000
  • 59 units
  • Construction
  • BB&T Financial Corporation
  • Originated by Richard Thomas

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