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Jumping in With Both Feet

Jumping in With Both Feet

By Diane McLaughlin | Banker & Tradesman Staff | Feb 16, 2020 | Reprints | Unlock Link

Malia Lazu joined Berkshire Bank a mere 10 months ago with no prior banking experience. But in that short time, she’s become a driving force in the bank’s efforts to transform its workplace culture – and a regional president.

Building a Bank from Scratch

Building a Bank from Scratch

By Diane McLaughlin | Banker & Tradesman Staff | Jan 26, 2020 | Reprints | Unlock Link

Jeffrey Sullivan was part of a small group of long-time bankers who thought western Massachusetts needed more options for small business lending. To fix this, they decided to open Massachusetts’ first de novo bank in a decade.

An Architect’s Perspective on Retail Development

An Architect’s Perspective on Retail Development

By Steve Adams | Banker & Tradesman Staff | Jan 19, 2020 | Reprints | Unlock Link

In an age of retail turmoil, developers no longer have the luxury of setting aside ground-floor space and waiting for tenants to line up. Architect Deniz Ferendeci is part of a team that provides landlords with comprehensive design, market research and leasing services for their retail space.

A Build and Hold Strategy for Boston

A Build and Hold Strategy for Boston

By Steve Adams | Banker & Tradesman Staff | Dec 8, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

John Akin oversees Gables Residential’s growth strategy for Greater Boston, a critical part of the Atlanta-based multifamily developer’s growth strategy. The company is raising its profile with the scheduled March 2020 completion of the 23-story, 307-unit Gables Seaport tower at 501 Congress St. in Boston’s Seaport District.

Helping Investors Exchange Real Estate

Helping Investors Exchange Real Estate

By Diane McLaughlin | Banker & Tradesman Staff | Nov 24, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

Tom St. Jean has spent almost 18 years focusing on a single section of the tax code: Section 1031. The code allows taxpayers who sell investment and other types of property to defer capital gains by reinvesting in real estate – as long as they follow all the rules.

A Scientific Approach to Architecture

A Scientific Approach to Architecture

By Steve Adams | Banker & Tradesman Staff | Nov 17, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

After Natasha Pirman’s employer moved to a new campus in 2017, she began thinking about a career change. The biochemistry Ph.D.’s knack for organizing their new workspaces translated well into the world of architecture, where local firms are looking for new hires with life science backgrounds as they pursue work designing office and labs to satisfy the industry’s relentless expansion.

A Caring Approach to Banking

A Caring Approach to Banking

By Diane McLaughlin | Banker & Tradesman Staff | Nov 10, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

Just a few years ago, Sherri Pitcher had never considered working at a bank. Then, she got to know Fidelity Bank Chairman and CEO Edward Manzi Jr. and bank president Christopher McCarthy. This fall, the $1 billion-asset bank created her new role: Chief LifeDesign officer.

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