ULI Boston: YLG Fireside Chat with John Fowler and Brian Kavoogian


2021-04-22T16:00:00 - 2021-04-22T17:00:00

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    With more than 90 years of combined experience in the Boston market, this is an event not to be missed!
    Students, Young Leaders and NEXT participants are eligible for registration to this program.
    Join us on April 22nd from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM for a Fireside Chat between John Fowler of JLL and Brian Kavoogian of National Development. The real estate business has traditionally been considered cyclical in nature. While one sector may flourish, another may remain dormant. Together, with over 90 years of experience, John Fowler and Brian Kavoogian will discuss their knowledge and valuable takeaways of the volatile market that is Real Estate.

    This event is for Young Leaders Group only. Please register in advance to secure your spot to this unique opportunity!



    John Fowler

    Executive Managing Director, JLL-Capital Markets

    John is an Executive Managing Director in the Boston office of JLL Capital Markets, Americas. He brought his extensive industry experience and knowledge to JLL as part of the HFF acquisition. John began his career in the real estate finance business in 1968. He spent four years in the real estate department of John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company. In 1972, he joined a New England-based mortgage banking and development company, and in 1974, formed Fowler, Goedecke & Co., a predecessor to Fowler Goedecke Ellis & O’Connor, Inc., which was merged into HFF in 1998. After spending the first 36 years of his career in the Boston market, John spent two years in HFF’s Chicago office and four years in the New York City office. He moved back to Boston in 2009 to help grow the firm’s investment advisory platform. Most recently, he served as Director Emeritus of the Board of Directors for HFF, Inc. and was a member of HFF’s Executive Committee. Throughout his career, John has worked on major commercial financing, equity and note sales transactions and has successfully completed close to 900 real estate transactions valued at more than $100 billion across all property types.


    Brian Kavoogian

    Managing Partner, National Development

    Brian Kavoogian is a Managing Partner of National Development, one of greater Boston’s leading real estate development, investment and management firms. Formed in 1983, the firm is recognized as one of the region’s most innovative and creative real estate firms, working with its partners and stakeholders to create great places to live, work and play within the Greater Boston region and providing its investors with attractive risk adjusted returns. The firm is focused almost entirely on the Greater Boston region, where it has, over the past 35 years, become ingrained in the local community, in the belief that its local knowledge and relationships will result in better projects and better investments. The firm’s projects involve a mix of uses, which we are able to create as a result of our expertise across the property-type spectrum including office, research, industrial, retail, senior housing, multifamily and lodging. Its capital is provided by its fully-discretionary closed-end Charles River funds, which it manages on behalf of a group of educational endowments, foundations, pension funds and family offices. Throughout its history, the firm has acquired or developed over 30 million SF in over 45 communities throughout the region, and invested over $6 billion on behalf of its investors. In 2006, Brian co-founded Charles River Realty Investors as the investment management platform of National Development. Charles River raised over $1.1 billion of equity capital across its four funds before combining with National Development in 2019 to form a seamless, vertically-integrated firm. Brian is involved with a number of civic, charitable and industry-related organizations. He is a past chairman of both of the region’s real estate trade organizations, the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and NAIOP Massachusetts, where he remains on the Board of Directors. He is also the current Co-Chair of the ULI Boston Advisory Committee. In 2015, he was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to the board of the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency where he serves as the Vice Chair. Brian is an Overseer of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and a member of the Partners Healthcare System, Inc. Corporation. He is a Trustee Emeritus of Tufts University, a past co-chairman of Heading Home and the past Vice Chairman of the Greater Boston YMCA. Brian received a BA from Tufts University in 1984.