Design Development

Design Development

Design Development is your hub to learn direct from top professionals in real estate, development, design, and construction!

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February 20, 2024 44 mins

Mike Kunz is a principal partner at Maugel DeStefano Architects, a well-established architectural firm with offices in Harvard, Massachusetts, and Portsmouth, NH. With a professional journey spanning over 25 years at the company, Mike Kunz started his career in architecture when emails and the internet were beginning to emerge. Having climbed the ranks within the firm from entry-level beginnings to eventual co-ownership and executi...

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Bill Weber and Mike Weber are the dynamic brother duo who have propelled Gaston Electrical Services to notable success in the electrical construction industry. Joining their father's business in the early 2000s, they acquired the company a few years later and embarked on a transformative journey. Under their leadership, Gaston Electrical Services saw exponential growth, skyrocketing from $6 million to over $140 million in reve...

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Hannes Blass is the CEO of Rothoblaas USA, a multifaceted company that provides a wide range of products for the construction industry, including fasteners and connectors, building envelope products, acoustics, safety equipment, and tools. Founded in the Alps of Italy in 1991, Rothoblaas has expanded to service over 100 countries with employees in about 70 of them. Hannes has been responsible for the company's tremendous growt...

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Don Briggs is a seasoned veteran in the real estate development industry, with a robust career spanning nearly three decades. He co-founded and serves as the managing partner at Hg 80. Previously, Don was the director of development for Federal Realty Investment Trust and played a pivotal role in creating iconic retail-anchored mixed-use developments, including Assembly Row in Greater Boston. An Army brat with roots in various part...

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Anthony Amenta is a Founding Member and Principal at Amenta Emma Architects, a full-service architecture firm headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut, with branch offices in New York and Boston. Approaching 40 years in business, Anthony has led his firm through a landscape of changes, ensuring growth and market resilience. Under his guidance, Amenta Emma has cultivated a reputation for creating inspiring spaces and building strong c...

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Michael D'Angelo, the founder of MDLA is a landscape architect and entrepreneur based in the Greater Boston area, highlighted for his expertise in various sectors including high-end single-family, corporate office, multifamily developments, and even golf course design. He is the driving force behind MDLA, a landscape architecture company with offices in Greater Boston and Connecticut. With a career that began in a blue-collar ...

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Jason Forney is the Principal and Partner at Bruner/Cott Architects. He was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2020 and has had a significant impact on the industry. Bruner/Cott Architects is a 50-year-old firm that specializes in a diverse range of building types, including higher education, cultural facilities, and multifamily housing.

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Jason Forney, Principal and Partner at Bruner/Cott Architect...

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Scott Steiding is the former principal and head of marketing and sales at Morrison Hershfield, a 1000-person engineering firm with multiple locations. He has extensive experience in the engineering and construction industry, particularly in the expansion of wireless networks. Scott is currently the founder of Productive Pursuits, a consulting business focused on improving sales and marketing effectiveness in the architecture and en...

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Ed Dann is a tenured business development professional in the construction industry. He has worked for various companies and has a diverse background in sales and business development. Currently, he is Vice President of Business Development, Congress Construction, a 70-year-old development and construction firm. Ed Dann has over 30 years of experience in the industry and has built a successful career by establishing strong relation...

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Dan Ryan is the VP of Real Estate and Facilities at Pegasystems, a leading enterprise software company. He has over 13 years of experience in the industry and has played a key role in the company's growth and development. Dan is known for his leadership style, which emphasizes transparency, accountability, and giving people opportunities to grow within the organization.

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In this conversation, Rens Hayes in...

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Keith Monahan is the Director of Operations at Shawnlee Construction, a prominent open shop framing company in the greater Boston area. With over 130 employees, Shawnlee Construction specializes in large-scale multifamily projects and has a revenue of $40 to $50 million per year.

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Keith Monahan, the Director of Operations at Shawnlee Construction, joins the podcast to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the wood ...

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Mike Quigley is the Chief Operating Officer of WB Engineers and Consultants. He has been with the company since 2001 and has played a key role in its growth and success. With a background in electrical engineering, Mike has risen through the ranks at WB and now oversees the company's operations and strategic initiatives.

Mike Quigley, COO of WB Engineers and Consultants, shares his career journey from electrical engin...

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Lu Borges is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications Director at Dancker, a  nearly 200-year-old company specializing in integrated interior solutions for commercial real estate. With a background in marketing and branding, Lu joined Dancker eight years ago and has been instrumental in repositioning the company and driving its growth through acquisitions.

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Lu Borges, Vice President of Marketing and Communicati...

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Maren Reepmeyer is an architect with over 25 years of experience. She is currently the Vice President at SGA, a leading architecture firm based in Boston. Maren specializes in complex, large-scale projects and has a passion for adaptive reuse. As vice president, Maren oversees strategic development for SGA as the firm continues to expand its customer base and geographical footprint. Over the course of her career as an architect and...

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Christian Davies, Principal at Bergmeyer, discusses the importance of connecting brand and design in the retail and architecture industry. He emphasizes the need for spaces to reflect the personality and purpose of a brand, and how this can create a strong emotional connection with consumers. Christian also shares his experience working with major retailers and the challenges and opportunities in driving innovation within large org...

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About The Guest(s):
Rob Zirkle is the founder and CEO of Brick, an architecture and design firm based in Oakland, California and he is Practice Group Leader and Vice President at HGA after the recent acquisition of Brick by HGA. With over 13 years of experience, Rob has grown Brick into a successful company with a team of 33 employees. He is passionate about creating quality careers for architects and designers and is dedicated...

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David Chalinski is the founding partner and managing principal at PCA Architects, a Cambridge-based architecture firm. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, David has led PCA to become a highly respected and successful firm known for its creative design work. He is known for his willingness to be vulnerable and humble as a leader, and for his commitment to fostering a culture of transparency and collaboration within the...

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Rob Harbeson is the co-founder and managing partner of Market Square Architects. With over 25 years of experience in architecture and engineering, Rob has a diverse background in various market sectors. He is passionate about design and has a strong focus on creating functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces.

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Rob Harbeson, co-founder of Market Square Architects, shares his journey in the architecture and engineering ...

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Steve Huntzinger is the co-founder and managing partner at Dunham Lane Capital Partners. He has a background in finance and has worked in fixed income sales and trading at Citigroup. Steve is known for his business-like approach to investing and his focus on long-term value.

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In the part I of this episode of Design Development, host Rens Hayes interviews Steve Huntzinger, co-founder of Dunham Lane Capital Partners. Steve...

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Steve Huntzinger is the co-founder of Dunham Lane Capital Partners and Banyan Real Estate Group. He has extensive experience in the investment industry and has a passion for finding value in both public and private markets.

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In the part II of this episode, Steve Huntzinger discusses his side business, Banyan Real Estate Group, which focuses on distressed real estate. He shares how the opportunity came about and the proce...

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