Mr. Brain currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer as well as a Board Member/Trustee of EPR Properties, an NYSE traded real estate investment trust (NYSE:EPR) with a market capitalization of approximately $3.9 billion. Mr. Brain co-founded the Company in 1997 and served as its original Chief Financial Officer. He was named CEO in September of 1999.
EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in properties in select categories which require unique industry knowledge, while offering the potential for stable and attractive returns. The Company’s primary investment segments focus on Entertainment, Recreation and Education.
Mr. Brain was previously a Senior Vice President in the Investment Banking department of George K. Baum & Company. Before joining George K. Baum & Company, Mr. Brain was Managing Director of the Corporate Finance group in the Kansas City office of KPMG Peat Marwick.
Mr. Brain has received numerous honors throughout his career, including an appointment to the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust’s Board of Governors. He was the recent recipient of the 2011 Ernst & Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year for the Central Midwest region, an honor which is reserved for those who inspire others with their vision, leadership, and innovation, placing Mr. Brain among a prestigious group of leading entrepreneurs and community-conscious innovators. Mr. Brain has also received the Innovator of the Year award from Madison Wisconsin’s Real Estate program. In addition, Mr. Brain has appeared on numerous national programs including Mad Money, Closing Bell and Power Lunch . He regularly contributes and appears as a guest commentator on television networks including CNBC, CNNfn, and Fox Business Network.
Most recently, Mr. Brain was named to the Board of American Residential Properties, Inc. (ARP), a fully integrated and internally managed real estate investment trust. ARP focuses on investment opportunities related to the single-family housing sector in select communities in the Southwestern and Southeastern United States.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with honors from Tulane University, where he was also named Phi Beta Kappa, and a Masters of Business Administration from the A. B. Freeman Graduate Business School at Tulane University. Mr. Brain enjoys the city of New Orleans and the Tulane community, and visits on a regular basis.
Mr. Brain resides in Kansas City, where he was born, with his wife Cathi and their four children.