Francisco Torres is working with Fitchburg restore vitality and bring more foot traffic to its downtown, helping potential retail tenants seek lease subsidies and providing developers with advice on converting vacant buildings into housing.
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.
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.
From “Telecom City” to a mixed office-residential campus, Preotle Lane & Assoc.’s John Preotle has had to reinvent Medford’s River’s Edge development to ride out multiple boom and-bust real estate markets.
From Attleboro to Worcester, Dr. Tracy Corley helps Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities transform the way they do real estate and economic development.
Oxford Properties Group made a splash in 2014 with its big-ticket arrival in Massachusetts, buying five trophy office buildings in Boston and Cambridge. To spearhead its next effort, Oxford in 2018 hired Mark McGowan as its local head of development.
Hanscom Federal Credit Union started a charitable foundation seven years ago and in 2018 hired its first social responsibility manager, Laura Galeski.
With communities struggling to address affordable housing shortages, Linda Pellegrino wants to help property owners preserve and rehabilitate affordable units – not as a developer but as a loan originator.
As a longtime operator of agribusinesses, Paul Sellew recognized a need for
better quality lettuce in New England. He turned to Bank of America for an
$18 million loan to take advantage of that opportunity.
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.
Noreen O’Toole spent decades reviewing developers’ proposals as a town planner on the South Shore. Now, she’s putting her experience to work helping communities figure out thorny land use questions and developers move projects through local land use boards.
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 father-and-son team with deep connections in Boston legal and real estate circles is carving out a niche in the private equity industry as a multifamily investor. Lee Rosenthal is the younger half of the pair.
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.
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.
One of the 10 largest construction firms in Massachusetts, the 94-year-old Columbia Construction Co. has an annual volume of over $260 million. Its president, Shaun Lover, got his introduction to the building industry as a Northeastern University coop at Turner Construction and worked on projects including the Seaport East office tower before joining Columbia as a superintendent in 2003.
For OneUnited Bank President and COO Teri Williams, closing the racial wealth gap is not about telling people to spend less money at Starbucks. Instead, a single transaction could affect the gap, she said, from buying a home to starting a business or investing in the stock market.
Hobbs Brook Management is reinventing its first office building, at 225 Wyman St. in Waltham, with a 507,000-square-foot speculative office and lab building at the same time it adds new leadership with September’s arrival of new CEO Sam Schaefer.
Conservation Law Foundation is on the front lines of battles over real estate and transportation planning in New England, from the downtown Boston waterfront to a commuter rail project serving an emerging development cluster in Allston. And Bradley Campell is its general.
Inspired by horror stories about high-interest lending practices during the Great Recession, Andy Posner switched careers and established The Capital Good Fund while studying environmental issues. Ten years later, the nonprofit lender is one of the fastest growing ones in the country.