Net lease has always been a stable asset class, attracting investors intrigued by its regular cash flow and strong fundamentals. Now it is wobbling a bit as the economic uncertainty clouds pricing but few believe that will last long. Still, it is times like these that require the best of the best to navigate the space and we are confident we have picked that crew in our 2022 net lease influencers, which are featured on the next several pages.  We hope you enjoy their stories as much as we did as we made our selections.


BRYAN BENDER As partner and managing director at Fortis Net Lease, Bryan Bender helps manage the company, and he has brokered nearly $2 billion in net lease sales. He has beaten his own personal sales record for the past four years and, during his 14 years of experience, he has repeatedly set record cap rates in numerous states. Bender is a leader in Dollar General sales, with 1,200 sales across 40 states, and he built a dollar store marketing platform for his team that helps bring buyers and sellers together. He stays up to date on market trends, patterns and movements, and he applies deep knowledge and determination to provide the best service to clients. Mindful to always expect the unexpected, Bender responded to the onset of the pandemic by educating himself and his clients on all possibilities and having an open and transparent approach to deals. He has won numerous net-lease-related awards, including the CoStar Power Broker Award for seven years in a row. Bender is a member of the Forbes Real Estate Council of Industry Professionals and ICSC.

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