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.
Unlike many architects, Jamie Kelliher started his career in the building trades. Now his firm, Axiom Architects, is starting to specialize in historic restorations and smaller mixed-use buildings scaled for town centers.
Bill Kane got in on the ground floor of Kendall Square’s life science boom. Now the East Coast and U.K. leader for BioMed Realty, Kane oversees a Greater Boston portfolio that’s over 98 percent leased. But BioMed is still finding ways to grow in industry nucleus Kendall Square.
Ashley Nagle Eknaian did not start her financial services career working with technology, but after almost two decades in the industry, she’s found her way to the top at Eastern Labs, Eastern Bank’s fintech incubator.
In a digital world, you might be forgiven for thinking sensitive paper documents are a thing of the past, but Rick Carey has made a career out of helping keep those files safe.
Before they occupy their new buildings, global corporations such as Amazon, Wayfair and Boeing rely on Gaston Electrical to provide them with reliable connections to the grid. Michael Weber and his brother William split the leadership duties for the company, which has 275 employees.
The investment management arm at Rockland Trust recently hit a huge milestone when it reached $4 billion in assets under management. That number will likely grow as Rockland continues to tap into new customers from its recent acquisitions. Leading the charge is Rockland Trust’s managing director and chief investment officer since 2005, David Smith.
McCall & Almy’s Julie Gray works with big institutional clients, such as Partners Healthcare, Northeastern University and Berklee College of Music, on real estate projects that are changing the physical environment of Greater Boston for decades. Gray has brokered transactions topping 800,000 square feet in the past year alone.
Prior to joining the South Shore Chamber of Commerce as president and CEO, Peter Forman spent over 20 years in government as a member of the House of Representatives, sheriff of Plymouth County, undersecretary of administration and finance under former Gov. Paul Cellucci and chief of staff to former Gov. Jane Swift.
Ryan Enright has been active in Boston commercial real estate since 1997, and during that time he’s brokered more than 800 transactions in the core downtown neighborhoods. Enright joined JLL Boston’s downtown leasing team nearly five years ago, after 17 years representing Equity Office Properties’ Boston portfolio.
Roxann Cooke is the New England regional director of JPMorgan Chase, which recently made a big splash in the state by pledging to open 50 retail branches in the Greater Boston area. Approximately 30 percent of branches will be in low- to moderate-income communities.
Michelle Apigian is a leader in Massachusetts’ “passive house” movement, spreading the word on how tightly-insulated building envelopes can deliver energy savings to building owners.
After graduating from the University of Rhode Island, Sam Hanna figured the best way to leverage his finance degree would be to start a career in banking. Three decades later, Hanna is still in the industry and is now senior vice president and director of middle market banking for Webster Bank, where he has worked for the last eight years.
With the convergence of new technological innovation, we are seeing a drastic shift in how we interact with each other and the environment, CBT Architects Associate Principal Sae Kim says, and it’s changing how he – and we – are seeing cities.
Seeing a need for bankers and other industry professionals to improve their communication and presentation skills, Stacey Shipman in 2006 launched the company now known as Engage The Room. Shipman said she never intended to be in this particular line of business – rather it chose her.