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Making It in Real Estate with John McNellis

February 28, 2017
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Brown Rudnick
One Financial Center
Boston, MA 02111 United States
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In a far-ranging interview with Thomas Trkla and a lively Q & A with the audience, John McNellis will talk about some of the practical advice and wisdom gained from his 30-year career in commercial development, and how that experience culminated in his acclaimed new book: “Making It in Real Estate: Starting Out as a Developer.”

“Making it” is a primer on the nuts & bolts of development: buying and selling property, brokering deals, working with architects, brokers, bankers and other professionals as well as negotiating with local governments and citizens to move a project forward. Woven throughout with humorous anecdotes, pop culture references, and personal experiences, “Making It” is an approachable entry point into real estate for those starting out their careers or transitioning from another field. George Marcus, co-founder of Marcus & Millichap, said of the book: “McNellis’s wit makes the book an easy read. I would highly recommend this book to both experienced and beginning real estate developers and investors.”




John’s Biography

John McNellis is the head of McNellis Partners, a successful real estate development firm. He bootstrapped his way from flipping houses, to developing shopping centers, mixed-use developments, and office buildings. An attorney by training, John graduated from the University of California Hastings College of Law. He is a regular columnist for The Registry magazine in San Francisco.




Thomas’s Biography

Mr. Trkla is the founding member and majority owner of Brookwood. In his capacity as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, he directs all aspects of Brookwood’s businesses including managing Brookwood’s operations, formulating and implementing Brookwood’s investment and disposition strategies and evaluating, structuring and capitalizing the company’s real estate and private corporate investments.

tom-trklaPrior to founding Brookwood, Mr. Trkla was a senior executive with Winthrop Securities Co., Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Winthrop Financial Associates, a Boston-based real estate investment and management firm, and The Boston Company Real Estate Counsel, Inc., a real estate investment advisor to tax-exempt pension plan sponsors. Mr. Trkla is an Advisory Committee Member of the Massachusetts Campaign for Children, a non-profit statewide child advocacy organization, a Director of the Princeton Association of New England (PANE) and a member of the Urban Land Institute where he currently serves on the Small Scale Development Council.

Registration for the event will include a copy of Making It in Real Estate, a $19.95 value.

Program Schedule:

7:30 AM- 8:00 AM- Breakfast and Registration

8:00 AM- 9:30 AM- Program

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