Rob Bryan is the Chief Development Officer for Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. In this role, he oversees the organization’s real estate holdings, purchasing and mobility strategies and manages its government relations functions.
Bryan joined Cardinal Innovations in August 2016. Previously, he worked at the law firm of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, and Rice (now Womble Bond Dickenson) for over 10 years as a partner in the commercial real estate group, focusing on a wide variety of clients including Cardinal Innovations. His work covered a broad real estate practice from commercial leasing to development projects (including assisted living facilities, residential subdivisions, shopping centers, medical office buildings, multi-family housing and office and industrial parks), along with corporate and contract matters. During this time, Bryan was named a Business Leader Magazine “Mover and Shaker” Award recipient in 2008, a North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, from 2009 to2011, and a Charlotte Business Journal “40 Under 40” in 2009.
Bryan served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2013 to 2016, chairing the Education Appropriations Committee, the Judiciary IV Committee, the Joint Education Oversight Committee and several House Select Committees. He also served on the Committee on Homeless Youth, Foster Care and Dependency. In 2015, Bryan was named Legislator of the Year by YMCA Mission Forward.
In 2017, Bryan was appointed to the UNC Board of Governors where he serves on the Educational Planning, Policies, and Programs Committee and the Strategic Initiatives Committee. He also serves as liaison to the UNC Charlotte campus and Board of Trustees.
Bryan graduated with honors from Duke University Law School in 1998. Prior to law school, he taught in Los Angeles, California through the Teach for America program. In 1993, Bryan received his Bachelor of Arts in History with honors from UNC-Chapel Hill. Bryan and his wife live in Charlotte with their six children.
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