Valbridge Employee Spotlight: Ken Barnes, MAI, CCIM

July 14, 2021
Name: Ken Barnes, MAI, CCIM
Title: Senior Managing Director
Date: July 12, 2021
VPA Office: Nashville

What is your title and what do you do at Valbridge?

Senior Managing Director for the Nashville office of Valbridge Property Advisors. My primary responsibility for the Nashville office is business development and review of our work product. Additionally, I’m the team bus driver that makes sure that the wheels on the bus keep rolling and we don’t make any unnecessary stops along the way.

How did you become a part of Valbridge?

I received an interesting invitation from a guy I’d never met out of Boston. He told me about a great idea he had about creating a national appraisal company. I was intrigued, called him and we spoke for about an hour on the phone. Never looked back. Although I wasn’t at the original meeting in Boston due to a previously planned family vacation, I had already accepted and committed to being a partner prior to that initial meeting.

What are your specialty areas?

I’m a meat and potatoes guy when it comes to appraisal. I love net leased properties and the simplicity associated with these valuations.

What are some of the most interesting projects you've worked on at Valbridge?

I am currently working on our third large portfolio of net leased properties. This portfolio consists of 38 net leased Dollar Generals.

What do you like most about working at Valbridge?

I appreciate the brain trust of our collective group. There are so many talented, smart professionals in our group that I’m constantly learning and growing.

Additional information:

I have been married 34 years to my college sweetheart, a beautiful woman from North Alabama with an inner strength that inspires me still. We have three wonderful daughters who I enjoy sharing many adventure trips and activities with. I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, and any adventure trip. I completed Wilderness Trek with a group of 22 high school seniors along with a friend and four guides on a weeklong backpacking adventure which ended summiting Antora’s Peak, a 13,300’ mountain in Colorado. A couple of years later I completed a 5,000-mile trip on a Harley traveling along the eastern seaboard up and around Maine then home through 17 states. I am currently planning the next big adventure.

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