Managing director of Walker & Dunlop’s Proprietary Capital group
Plays integral role in Walker & Dunlop’s Council for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Known for bringing people together and employing empathy to understand complex issues
In his role as managing director of Walker & Dunlop’s Proprietary Capital group, TJ Edwards exemplifies a natural born leader who delivers results on time, to the very best of his ability, and most importantly, with compassion. Based at Walker & Dunlop’s Bethesda, MD offices, he has more than 11 years of CRE finance experience, including debt and equity investments, client relationship management, business operations, and marketing strategy.
For Edwards, his values of diversity and inclusion are integral to both his daily work and his experience encompassing over a decade in commercial real estate finance. Colleagues say he has a talent for bringing people together, employing empathy to understand complex issues, educate others, and develop holistic solutions for driving industry-wide change. He is tenacious in achieving his short-term and long-term goals, and he consistently encourages others to think bigger than they thought possible.
These are some of the reasons we chose Edwards as one of the Washington, DC 2021 Next Generation Award winners. Connect Media’s fifth annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.
Edwards enjoys giving back to his community: he helps those in need by volunteering to prepare meals for families with sick children via a large national charity. Also, every Christmas Eve, he and his family bring breakfast or dinner to several homeless people throughout Washington, DC.
Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces.
Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications.
Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).