Dave Sedgwick is the President & Chief Executive Officer at CareTrust REIT and has been with the company since its inception in 2014. During his time at CareTrust, Mr. Sedgwick has both led and been instrumental in the Company’s performance across core areas of the Company’s day-to-day operations and strategy including new investments, asset management, tenant relations and portfolio management, investor relations, and capital markets activity.

Prior to joining CareTrust, Mr. Sedgwick served in several key leadership roles at The Ensign Group from 2001 to 2014. During 2013, he operated Ensign’s then newly-built Medicare-only skilled nursing facility in Denver, Colorado and simultaneously supported Ensign’s skilled nursing operations in Colorado. During 2012, he served as President of Ensign’s Maryland-based urgent care franchise venture, Doctors Express. From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Sedgwick served as Ensign’s President of Facility Services & Chief Human Capital Officer, including responsibilities for overall facility support services, new acquisition integration, and Ensign University, which included Ensign’s facility CEO recruiting and training program. From 2002 to 2007, he operated three Ensign skilled nursing facilities in two states. Mr. Sedgwick has been a licensed nursing home administrator since 2001 and holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BS from Brigham Young University.


Mr. Wagner has been CareTrust REIT’s Chief Financial Officer and principal accounting officer since our inception in 2014.

Prior to that, Mr. Wagner served as Chief Financial Officer of First Team Real Estate, a private real estate brokerage company. He also held the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Nationwide Health Properties, Inc., a healthcare REIT. For 4 years, Mr. Wagner was Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc., a lodging REIT. And before that, Mr. Wagner was Vice President of Financial Reporting for The TriZetto Group, Inc.

Mr. Wagner has also worked for two Internet startup ventures. He served as Director of Financial Reporting for Irvine Apartment Communities, Inc., a multifamily REIT. And he started his career working for EY Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group serving real estate clients including several REITs.

Mr. Wagner received a BA degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington, and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the State of California.


James Callister is the Chief Investment Officer at CareTrust REIT and has been with the company since 2021 when he joined as CareTrust’s General Counsel. Mr. Callister's primary focus is working with the company’s acquisitions team in structuring and negotiating new equity and debt investments. He has also been an integral part of the Company’s legal and corporate functions, asset and portfolio management matters, and tenant relationships.

Prior to joining CareTrust, Mr. Callister worked as a real estate attorney and a partner at the law firm of Sherry Meyerhoff Hanson & Crance LLP and, before that, at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Since 2008, he has worked almost exclusively on healthcare REIT transactions, closing on acquisitions or financings of over 300 skilled nursing, seniors housing, and independent living facilities on transactions involving the investment of over $2.5B across 35 states. Mr. Callister has assisted in the structuring, negotiating and closing of all of CareTrust’s acquisitions since its formation as a REIT. As an attorney, Mr. Callister worked for nearly 20 years in private practice representing and advising clients in a diverse array of real estate transactions. Mr. Callister’s transactions-based legal experience has focused on the representation of publicly-traded REITs in the acquisition, disposition, leasing, and financing of healthcare-related properties. Mr. Callister holds a B.S. in History from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, where he graduated magna cum laude.