Joe joined Copaken Brooks in 2021 and focuses primarily on overseeing financial, asset management, and accounting functions for the rapidly growing commercial real estate company and its diverse portfolio of assets.

An experienced leader in asset management, finance, accounting, and operations, Kennedy has managed a real estate portfolio of more than $6 billion in assets throughout his career. His past executive positions have included Chief Operating Officer for a commercial real estate development firm and VP of Asset Management for a leading real estate investment trust.

Joe is an experienced leader in team development, finance and operations management.  Through is work as Vice President of Asset Management at a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (EPR Properties NYSE: EPR), Joe analyzed numerous hospitality and entertainment companies’ business models.  This analysis was put into action by negotiating leases, finding re-development opportunities and cost saving initiatives at various properties.

After completing his Accounting degree at Iowa State University, Joe began his career with Kemper Insurance in Chicago, IL as, an Investment Accountant.  Joe joined EPR Properties in 2009 and held various roles in finance before becoming the Vice President of Asset Management. At EPR, Mr. Kennedy supervised the management of all properties, including funding new developments, lease renewals, performance monitoring and tenant relationships. Joe led the re-development and expansion initiatives for the portfolio across all platforms and segments.

Mr. Kennedy also managed the property disposition processes, including identifying disposition targets, obtaining board approval, and overseeing property sales to completion.

In 2019, Joe joined Colby Capital, a real estate development company, as Chief Operating Officer.  Joe managed a portfolio of single tenant and multi-tenant retail properties, including leasing space, capital outlays, and property dispositions.

Joe worked with internal and external partners to meet investor objectives and returns as well as sourcing new development opportunities.

Professional Designations & Awards

  • Certified Public Accountant


  • Iowa State University, B.S., Accounting


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