Housing and Economic Development Council Presents: Are We Building The Right Housing For Our Changing Population?
Meeting the housing needs and lifestyle preferences of our ever-evolving population is critical for Boston to remain competitive with other major cities in attracting and retaining talent.
- How do housing needs change across the demographic spectrum?
- What similarities do they share?
- Will the housing we deliver in 2020 still be in demand in 2030?
Frank Ramsden, Assistant Vice President of Research, Bentall Kennedy
Frank has eight years’ experience in commercial real estate consulting and investment management. He began his career as a Real Estate Economist with PPR/Costar where he tracked U.S. property markets with an eye on economic and demographic trends. In 2013, Frank joined investment manager Bentall Kennedy where he currently serves as Assistant Vice President of Research. At Bentall Kennedy, Frank creates and implements CRE strategies as the firm manages more than $10 billion in U.S. real estate assets. Frank is also currently the Co-Chair of the ULI Young Leaders’ Group.
Robert Byron, Chairman & Co-Founder, Blue Vista Capital Management
Robert has more than 40 years of real estate investment management and transaction experience, having completed $20 billion in real estate transactions in his career, including over $9.0 billion of transactions since forming Blue Vista. Prior to forming Blue Vista, Robert held the position of Chief Investment Officer for the McShane Corporation, a Chicago-based development, and construction company. Prior to that, he led AEW Capital Management’s Investment Banking Group. Robert earned a JD and a BA with Honors, from the University of Virginia.
Louis Kovalsky, Vice President, Area Director, UDR
Louis Kovalsky oversees operations for the company’s portfolio of properties in Metro DC, New York and Boston. He joined the company in January 2002 as Vice President, Area Director. Prior to joining the company, he was with Charles E. Smith Residential Realty from 1995 to 2002. Louis joined Charles E. Smith as Regional Manager, and was promoted in 1997 to Regional Vice President, where he oversaw operations, acquisitions and development in the Washington, D.C. area and Boston region. Louis began his career in 1989 as a Regional Manager for City Sites Property Management Company, a privately owned property management company in the DC area. Louis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University.
Wendy Nowokunski, President, Northbridge
Wendy Nowokunski is the co-founder and President of Northbridge Companies. With more than two decades of experience, Wendy is credited as being a key player in the senior housing industry as it has evolved over the past 25 years. This experience includes the development, acquisition, start-up, and management of over 50 senior housing projects throughout her career including Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC), independent living, assisted living, and specialized memory care. In addition, Wendy has advised non-profits and lenders in the areas of due diligence and project assimilation, corrective operations, and marketing for non-performing communities and asset management. Wendy brings her vast knowledge to the vision and operation of the Northbridge Companies. Today, Northbridge is proud to serve residents and their families throughout New England and to call over 1,500 associates family.
MODERATOR: Philip Lamere, Senior Acquisitions Manager, Lendlease
Phil spearheads Lendlease’s acquisitions efforts in Boston and is responsible for identifying and pursuing development opportunities in greater New England, focussing on large-scale, mixed-use urban regeneration projects. Prior to joining Lendlease, Phil’s 10+ years of real estate experience include roles in brokerage at Marcus and Millichap’s Institutional Property Advisors and at ARA New England. While in brokerage he was involved with $750M in real estate transactions. Prior to his time in brokerage, Phil worked for Greystone & Co within the firms Fannie Mae DUS organization platform based in Bethesda Maryland. Phil graduated from Hamilton College with honors in Public Policy. He is Co-Chair of ULI Boston’s Housing and Economic Development Council and a licensed real estate broker in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
MODERATOR: Ben Stillwell, Loan asset manager, The Grossman Companies
Ben is a loan asset manager for The Grossman Companies wholly owned private lending affiliate, First Boston Capital Partners. Ben is responsible for originating new lending relationships and managing FBCP’s existing loan portfolio which focuses primarily on residential construction. Prior to joining The Grossman Companies, Ben served as a Portfolio Manager in Brookline Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Lending Group. Previously he worked for four years at Gagnier Hicks Associates, a development consulting group specializing in affordable multifamily housing. Ben has been active in ULI Boston for six years and currently serves as Co-Chair for the Housing and Economic Development Council. Ben graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and received his Certificate in Real Estate Finance from Boston University.
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