DANA POINT, CA—“Finance andhealthcare has been a largely male-dominatedindustry in the past, but we've turned a corner with more womenCEOs and operators now making key decisions,” KathrynBurton-Gray, senior managing director of REDCapital Group, a locally based firm that focuses on seniorhousing, tells GlobeSt.com's sister publication Real EstateForum. Burton-Gray, one of Forum's Women of Influence for 2014, has spent 28 years incommercial real estate finance and is known forher keen ability to anticipate issues before they arise in even themost complex financial transactions.

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“Women provide a different perspective to the industry andvarious issues, which results in more compassionate care for ourseniors,” Burton-Gray adds. “With regard to women, who are enteringthis market, do not focus on being a woman in the industry; focuson being a trailblazer and performing at a consistently high levelof excellence. Regardless of male or female, do a great job!”

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Following a triple major at the University ofArizona, Burton-Gray went into banking and specialized inlending in the entertainment, high-tech and healthcare industries.After experiencing firsthand her grandmother's struggle withearly-onset dementia, her compassion for senior care grew. In thelate 1990s, she led financing in the senior-housing marketplace,which contributed to the expansion of many regional and nationalproviders. She continued her commitment to this industry bycontributing to the IPO of a public healthcare REIT.

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Burton-Gray's career goal is to create the next generation ofleaders in the senior-housing and healthcareindustry, regardless of sex. She is focused on lending to areas ofthe industry that have not yet been funded or met withcapitalization in the past to improve quality of care and housingfor seniors.

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Burton-Gray is lauded for her ability to connect with peoplefrom all levels of the organization, and her forthright demeanormakes her a sought-after and respected expert in the industry. Sheis currently responsible for overseeing RED's financing andprivate-placement activities in the senior housing and healthcaresector, including real estate proprietary bridge lending,Fannie Mae and FHA loans. She hasspent the past year rebuilding and branding RED as a premierprovider of senior housing and healthcare, and she has built thefirm's proprietary-lending program from the ground up.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.