Berkadia Taps New Director in Atlanta

John Bray, former JLL regional managing director, joins Berkadia, growing the company's Southeast mortgage banking footprint.
John Bray , Senior Managing Director, Berkadia
John Bray , Senior Managing Director, Berkadia

AtlantaBerkadia has recently announced the hiring of John Bray as senior managing director. Bray will be co-leading the growth of Berkadia’s production in the Atlanta market alongside Richard Levine, senior managing director, and will report to Warren Higgins, executive vice president & head of mortgage banking with the firm.

“John fortifies our already strong and knowledgeable mortgage banking team in Atlanta with his deep industry experience,” said Higgins in a statement. “This addition to our Atlanta office positions Berkadia and our clients to close more deals in the coming months and years.”

Bray brings more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience to Berkadia. Together with Levine, he will expand the Atlanta team’s mortgage banking group and will focus on leveraging the firm’s integrated investment sales and servicing platforms.

“We believe that Berkadia Atlanta has the best functioning mortgage banking and investment sales platform in the industry,” said Levine. “Adding a veteran like John positions us to serve more market share in this cycle and the next.”

Prior to joining Berkadia, Bray acted as regional managing director of JLL’s Atlanta Markets Capital Group. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance.

Berkadia recently secured $20 million in financing for an office park in Orlando and added three senior executives to its Hotels & Hospitality Group.