Staff Members

Daniel L. Willison Jr., MAI, MRICS

Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer

Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Willison is a Wakefield co-founder and leads the firm’s investment, finance and asset management activities throughout the U.S.  Mr. Willison also served as President of Wakefield’s joint venture with NorthStar Realty Finance (NYSE: NRF), during which time Wakefield acquired and managed a $750 million portfolio of seniors housing and health care real estate assets. Previously, Mr. Willison served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Medical Office Properties, Inc. – a private real estate equity firm specializing in medical office buildings and other health care properties beginning in 1998. The medical office portfolio was sold to CNL Retirement, Inc. in 2004 for $256.5 million.  Previous professional experience includes serving as Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer of The Shooshan Company, a privately held investment and development company based in Metropolitan Washington, D.C., which has planned and invested in over 3 million square feet of mixed use space.  He has also served in senior positions responsible for commercial real estate credit risk management at Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC) and Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC). Mr. Willison received his B.A. in 1985 and completed graduate studies, including the MAI professional designation program, at the Kogod School of Business at American University. He was also awarded the MRICS professional charter of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors of the United Kingdom and holds a Series 65 securities license in the U.S. as a Registered Investment Advisor.  Mr. Willison serves on the Advisory Board of the Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Florida and is an active member of a number of professional associations.