Bob Thaggard serves as Senior Underwriter of The Rainier Companies and brings 35 years of investment banking and commercial real estate experience to Rainier’s underwriting team. Mr. Thaggard screens potential opportunities, manages the closing process for acquisitions and monitors asset management post-closing. Mr. Thaggard started his career during the commercial land speculation boom in Austin, Texas in the early 1980s before spending 11 years as a commercial real estate appraiser. Mr. Thaggard joined Goldman Sachs’ Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities division at its exposition in 1998, and underwrote, originated, and closed in excess of $2.3 billion of loans through 2016. Mr. Thaggard earned his Bachelor of Science in advertising and Bachelor of Arts in German at University of Texas at Austin, and completed two Masters of Liberal Arts at Southern Methodist University.