CPE Real Estate Studies Instructor Profiles

Josh Anderson

Josh Anderson is the principal of Cedarbend Consulting, which provides a variety of consulting services to clients, including feasibility and market analysis, financial modeling of all property types and capital structures, market research and due diligence on potential investments and developments, and procurement of entitlements and project management. Josh has special expertise with multi-family properties including market-rate and low-income projects. Prior to founding Cedarbend Consulting, Josh was a Senior Project Manager at Cathartes Private Investments, where he oversaw the acquisition, development, repositioning and disposition of commercial, residential and mixed-use properties. Josh has over twenty years of real estate experience in acquisition, permitting, feasibility, and financial analysis, design and construction management, property and asset management and marketing. Josh is a member of the Urban Land Institute, has achieved the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute, and is a past chairman of the Alumni Association of MIT's Center for Real Estate. Josh earned his MS in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his BA from St. Lawrence University.

Alan Brand

Alan Brand is a Partner and Asset Manager at TA Associates Realty. TA is a Boston-based pension fund advisor which manages over $11.5 billion in commercial real estate assets for institutional and pension fund investors. These assets include office, industrial, retail, and multi-family properties located throughout the US. Mr. Brand’s responsibilities at TA included managing a diverse portfolio of assets in Florida, overseeing the Southeast region and the Asset Management group. In addition, Mr. Brand is the Partner responsible for overseeing the debt strategy for TA. Prior to joining TA, Mr. Brand was a commercial real estate debt capital originator for over seventeen years. Most recently he was a vice president Eastern Bank and director of Eastern Realty Advisors, Inc. There, he was responsible for commercial real estate underwriting and origination for Eastern Bank's portfolio as well as portfolio loans for Prudential Insurance Company in the New England region. Mr. Brand’s other lending experience included commercial construction and bridge loan financing in Massachusetts and nationally with Fleet Bank and Bank of New England. He received his BA from Boston University and MPA from Suffolk University.

Dan Coughlin

Dan Coughlin is a founder and principal of High Street Equity Advisors, a real estate investment company. Over the last 35 years he has been responsible for the operation, management, and disposition of public, private and institutional portfolios with a combined value of over $16 billion. Prior to the formation of High Street in 2002, Dan was responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of a national operations center for Trammell Crow Company, one of the world’s largest diversified commercial real estate service firms. He is a Trustee of Stonehill College where he serves on the Investment and Finance Committees, and is also a member of the Conservation Commission and former Chairman of the Water Supply Committee both in the Town of Hingham. Dan received his BA in economics/accounting, summa cum laude, from Stonehill College, and his MBA from Boston University. In 1996, he received B.U.’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award and has been a faculty member of the B.U. Graduate Center for Real Estate Education for over ten years.

Mark Foster

Mark Foster is a veteran security manager with over 25 years experience in the development and execution of corporate security and safety related training, policy, procedures and programs. He has worked at several high profile corporations in and around the Boston area and currently leads the safety and security function at Tufts Health Plan. Mark has extensive experience and training in the areas of interviewing, investigations, security system design & installation, and management of both proprietary and contract security staff. Mark is a member of the American Society of Industrial Security, a licensed electrician, an avid car enthusiast, and SCCA member.

John J. Gioioso

John J. Gioioso, CFM, MCR, is Director of FMCNA Building & Corporate Services at Fresenius Medical Care North America in Waltham, MA. Previous to Fresenius, he worked for several banking institutions in the downtown Boston area. John’s career in the real estate/facilities industry spans several decades. John is currently Institutional Liaison for the Boston IFMA Chapter. He is the recipient of the 2001 IFMA Boston Distinguished Award and Certificate of Commendation from the City of Revere, MA for his role as an educator to the Facilities Management Field. John has been a Certified Facility Manager since 1993, and he was recently awarded a Master of Corporate Real Estate designation from CoreNet Global. He has an associate’s degree from North Shore Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Suffolk University, and he earned a master’s degree in Facilities Management from Cambridge College.

Jonathan Keefe

Jonathan Keefe is the Program Director for the Real Estate Studies Program at Boston University. Currently managing director of strategic consulting at Cushman & Wakefield in Boston, Jonathan has over 30 years of executive experience managing real estate transactions, projects, operations, and consulting assignments across multiple industries, including telecommunications, insurance, health care, financial services, manufacturing, and technology. He was a real estate consultant at Ernst & Young for several years and led the real estate and facilities departments at StorageNetworks and Tufts Health Plan. Prior to those assignments, Keefe was the regional vice president at Diamond Heritage Properties (an East Coast private equity firm) and director of real estate development at a subsidiary of NYNEX (now Verizon). A member of the Board of Directors of the CoreNet Global New England chapter and a LEED™ AP and licensed real estate broker, Keefe has overseen transactions throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Jonathan received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from MIT and his Executive MBA from Boston University.

Dean Larson

Dean Larson joined the Broad Institute in 2014 and is the Associate Director of Facilities. The portfolio includes nearly 750,000 square feet of research facilities dedicated to genome research in the areas of cancer, mental disease, diabetes and heart disease. As the Associate Director of Facilities Dean is responsible for maintenance and engineering operations, security, parking, and mail services. He has the responsibility for competitive power and natural gas purchases. Dean has an undergraduate degree in Marine and Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and a Master’s degree in Management from Cambridge College. He holds a First Class Engineer’s license issued by the State of Massachusetts and a number of other state and trade organization licenses and certificates. Dean is also a Qualified Commissioning Authority (QxA) for all LEED projects, and an LEED Green Associate.

James Martin

James Martin is a senior manager at Ernst & Young where he provides valuation, due diligence and advisory services to real estate clients. With over 12 years of experience, his assignments have included valuations, market and feasibility studies, acquisition due diligence, transaction advisory, asset disposition and REIT mergers and acquisitions. His valuation assignments have included individual properties and portfolios consisting of retail, office and industrial properties. He is a Certified General Appraiser in Massachusetts. James earned a BE in Engineering from Dartmouth College and a BA in Physics from Hobart College, and an MBA from Northeastern University.

Christopher Mellen

Christopher Mellen is Vice President of the Simon Companies, and on the Faculty of the Institute of Real Estate Management. Chris was the 2006-2007 Region 1, Regional Vice President for IREM, and he is now on the IREM National President’s Executive Board. With over 25 years experience in Real Estate Management, he was the IREM Boston Chapter 2004 President. Named Certified Property Manager of the Year in 2002, he was twice named Real Estate Executive of the Month in 2004 and again in 2007 by the New England Real Estate Journal. He has been the IREM Boston Chapter’s Education Committee Chairman for eight years and is on IREM National’s Student and Academic Outreach Work Group. Chris has also written and reviewed many courses and publications for IREM.

Rob Nahigian

Rob Nahigian has thirty-eight years of multi-disciplinary levels of real estate experience. He has handled approximately $4.87 billion of real estate totaling 38 million square feet and has handled numerous build-to-suit and corporate projects throughout the US. Rob is recognized as one of the industry’s most prolific lecturers and experts on the topic of Build-To-Suit Development, investments and commercial real estate. Rob is principal with Auburndale Realty Co. in Newton, Massachusetts specializing in corporate office/industrial representation and strategic planning. He has been honored for many of his build-to-suit and other real estate assignments by the Counselors of Real Estate as the recipient of the “2009 James Felt Creative Counseling Award” for the most outstanding achievement and ingenuity in a real estate advisory assignment in the U.S. He currently serves as the SIOR National VC of Training and Development, the New England/NY CRE Chapter President and serves on four real estate board of directors. He is serves on the Board of Advisors for NERA, an AMEX listed Boston real estate investment firm. He received a BA from Lehigh University and Masters in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

Carl Pearson

Carl Pearson is the Vice President of Global Property Developers Corporation, one of the Callahan Companies, located in Bridgewater, MA. Global is a New England based real estate development company, proving clients with commercial and residential site acquisition analysis, as well as permitting and consulting services. Mr. Pearson brings more than 30 years of experience in the fields of real estate, environmental consulting, contracting, and health and safety services to the program. He has served as vice president and/or project manager for firms such as Certified Engineering & Testing, Co., ATC, and Global Waste Management. His experiences provide real estate professionals with a unique understanding of specialized fields from the real estate perspective. He is a Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official (MCPPO) for Design and Construction. Mr. Pearson earned his BA in chemistry and history from Assumption College in Worcester and completed his MBA at Anna Maria College.

Thomas Pereira

Thomas Pereira is Vice President and Director of Structured Finance at Boston Capital Corporation. He is responsible for portfolio structuring, deal pricing, and arranging bridge facilities for all low income housing partnerships as well as the operations of the firm’s $115M debt fund. Prior to joining Boston Capital in 2003, Tom managed the underwriting group for two years at Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage, one of the largest underwriters of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and mezzanine multifamily loans in the U.S. Previously, Tom was a Vice President at MMA Financial (formerly Lend Lease) for four years where he structured and closed low-income multi-family tax credit investment partnerships. Tom also worked at Berkshire Realty Co. for nine years in various roles which included structuring and managing their REIT’s credit facilities, arranging single asset financing, and structuring work-outs. He is a member of the Real Estate Finance Association in Boston. He received his BS in Business and his MBA with a concentration in Public Non-Profit Management from Boston University.

Michael J. Reilly

Michael J. Reilly, FSMPS, is founder and principal of Reilly Communications, a Boston-based marketing and public relations firm. Mike’s work as a consultant, instructor, coach and author centers on helping organizations and individuals become more successful through improved communication skills – speaking, writing, selling, negotiating and persuading. Clients of his firm include commercial real estate, architecture, engineering, construction, and financial service firms. He is a past national and Boston chapter president of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and a past president of the Massachusetts Building Congress. Mike earned a BS in Journalism from Suffolk University, and his MS in Communications from Boston University’s College of Communication.

Mark Urbanek

Mark Urbanek is founder and principal of C.R.E.SOURCE Consulting, a real estate services and project management practice. C.R.E.SOURCE helps companies acquire space, manage building projects, and relocate their operations. Mark has more than 20 years experience in corporate real estate, having directed facility planning, site selection, leasing, and project management functions at Fortune 100 companies including EMC, Digital, Bose Corporation and Trammell Crow Company. During that time he managed 12,000,000 square feet of space, and put over $600 million of new construction in place, while working in 21 states and 23 countries. Mark is a registered professional engineer with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in management from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.

Gregory Vasil

Gregory Vasil is President and CEO of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board. He practiced environmental law for over 15 years with extensive experience in government, policy and regulatory matters. He was head of the Massachusetts Environmental Strike Force, an organization that prosecuted the Commonwealth’s environmental crimes. Later he became a Senior Vice President at MassDevelopment, working on public/private real estate development projects in Massachusetts, including the redevelopment of state surplus land and the mixed use development project at 100 Cambridge Street in Boston. Greg is currently a faculty member at Boston University’s Metropolitan College teaching in the Real Estate Finance Certificate Program. Under his leadership since 2005, the Board has grown in membership from 5,500 members to over 8,000 real estate professionals involved in all aspects of the industry including development, financing, residential and commercial brokerage as well as commercial and residential property management. He is a graduate of Tufts University and Suffolk University Law School.

Mark Warren

Mark Warren has over 25 years experience in the Sustainable Design, energy efficiency/procurement, and building commissioning fields. He has extensive experience in evaluating energy options, system commissioning, optimization of HVAC and energy operations for various facilities. Mark has completed numerous feasibility studies and master planning services; facility energy audits; commissioning plans and energy procurement services. He has led a technical team responsible for the analysis of cogeneration systems; own/operate HVAC projects and energy efficiency technologies. Mark has led the Green Team and Sustainable Design practice for WSP Flack + Kurtz. He has extensive knowledge of sustainable building design and construction practices, and is an accredited professional in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDTM) Green Building Rating System. He has presented sustainable design practices for AIA, CORENET and other professional organizations. Mark has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from Bentley College.

Marc J. Wexler

Marc J. Wexler is Chief Operating Officer at Equity Industrial Partners Corp., where he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s day-to-day operations. Marc has been in the real estate field since 1981 and was previously employed at Southworth Development LLC, Sawyer Realty Holdings LLC, Brownfields Recovery Corporation and Northland Investment Corporation. He has been responsible for a full range of activities for over 49 million square feet of commercial property, as well as asset management, acquisition, disposition and/or financing assignments for over 35,000 multifamily units. He is an Instructor at Boston University Metropolitan College’s Real Estate Studies Program. Marc holds the Certified Commercial-Investment Member (CCIM) designation of the National Association of Realtors, the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation of IREM and the RPA designation of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). He is a licensed real estate broker in Massachusetts and is a member of IREM, the CCIM Institute, the National and Massachusetts Associations of Realtors and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, as well as numerous community organizations. Marc holds a B.A. degree from Boston University and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago.