Tony Thompson moves fast. Late last year, NNN Realty Advisors (and its subsidiary, Triple Net Properties, the firm he founded a decade ago), merged with Grubb & Ellis . In short order, Thompson, who was chairman of the merged entity, exited , only to emerge in recent days branding a new standard, Thompson National Properties , with the stated mission to “provide value-added real estate investment opportunities and asset management to high net-worth domestic, foreign and institutional investors.” And already he’s beefing up his staff in order to take the platform national, and as reported, Jack Maurer , co-founder of Triple Net Properties, has come aboard as a partner, vice chairman and founding member. Thompson’s been busy, but not so much that he couldn’t spare some in-depth time with to reflect a bit on his past and talk about his plans. It’s been an interesting year, no?

Thompson: I love 2008. It’s been interesting and will be more so. Even though the stock market is reflecting some buoyancy and earnings aren’t as bad as everyone thought, we still have a ways to go in the debt market to de-leverage some of the significant run-up in values. So there’s a shortage of commercial debt right now, and it will be interesting to see what kind of bumps in the road occur when a significant amount of commercial debt has to be refinanced, particularly throughout ’09. There will be shortfall in the ability to refinance, and that gap is where the opportunity is for people with cash and expertise.

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