Robert A. Bourne Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
Bob Bourne has over 45 years of finance and investment experience in the capital markets, seniors housing, healthcare, hospitality, restaurant, retail, office, multifamily, and residential development sectors, and was formerly a Certified Public Accountant.
Prior to helping found BFG in 2014, Mr. Bourne partnered with James M. Seneff, Jr. for over 40 years in building CNL Financial Group, serving as Vice Chairman and on the Board of Directors for many of CNL’s sponsored funds. Since its inception in 1973, CNL formed or acquired companies with approximately $30 billion in assets, including National Retail Properties (NYSE: NNN), Trustreet Properties, Inc. (sold to GE Capital in 2007), CNL Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (sold to affiliate of Morgan Stanley in 2007), CNL Retirement Properties, Inc. (sold to HCP in 2006), as well as several REITs that are still active, such as CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc. and CNL Healthcare Properties, Inc.
Mr. Bourne served as Vice Chairman of CNLBancshares, Inc., the holding company for CNL Bank, a $1.4 billion bank with 16 branches in the State of Florida, which recently merged with Valley National Bank. Mr. Bourne also serves on the Foundation Board of Lake Highland Preparatory School, and on the Board of Directors of the Steadman Philippon Institute.
Prior to helping start CNL, Mr. Bourne worked as a tax manager with Coopers & Lybrand, and is a graduate of Florida State University with B.A. in Accounting with honors.