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The post below was originally published at on December 3, 2020.

NAIOP Massachusetts Honors JLL, Federal Realty, Bulfinch, VHB and Boston Urban Partners at Virtual Impact Awards 

2021 Leadership Announced

Needham, MA – Last night, NAIOP Massachusetts, The Commercial Real Estate Development Association, held the 2020 Virtual Impact Awards. The event was a celebration of NAIOP’s member companies that positively impacted communities across Massachusetts in response to the pandemic and responded to social and economic injustice.

Several local commercial real estate companies were honored, including Federal Realty Investment Trust, who was recognized in the Community Outreach category for its partnership with Mass General Brigham, Battelle and the City of Somerville to bring a mask decontamination system to the Greater Boston Area. JLL was recognized in the category of Landlord Support & Commercial/Residential Property Management for its digital campaign geared toward landlord and tenant clients. The ongoing program included providing compelling content on topics that help landlords and tenants navigate the current real estate environment including re-entry tools, business planning resources, research reports, and webinars. In the category of Employee Engagement, Bulfinch was honored for implementing new strategies to keep its team safe, healthy, connected and engaged. Since the pandemic began, Bulfinch held over 70 virtual meetings, check-ins and team events for employees, including wellness activities and virtual volunteering.

In addition, VHB was recognized in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Response category for its employee resource group, VHB IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance), which is focused on promoting an integrated approach to awareness, inclusiveness, openness, and diversity at VHB. Finally, in the Individual Impact category, Boston Urban Partners was honored for its unique Family Meal Series, six episodes of live stream cooking classes with local, award winning chefs that benefitted No Kid Hungry, a campaign designed to end childhood hunger.

The evening began with a brief Annual Meeting, where the Chapter named its 2021 Board Management Committee, led by Chair (and 2020 President) Leslie Cohen of Samuels & Associates and President Tom Andrews of Alexandria Real Estate Equities. Joining Cohen and Andrews on the Committee are Past Chairs Douglass Karp of New England Development, Ed Marsteiner of National Development and Sara Cassidy of AEW Capital Management, as well as President-Elect Jessica Hughes of Tishman Speyer, Treasurer Patrick McMahon of Federal Realty Investment Trust, and Secretary Kirk Sykes of Accordia Partners.

NAIOP Massachusetts also announced the 2021 nominees to the Chapter’s Board of Directors. William Kane of BioMed Realty, Katy O’Neil of Suffolk Construction Company, and David Madan of Boston Investmentsjoined the Boardwith terms expiring in 2023. James F. Carlin of Crosspoint Associates, Dennis Clarke of Cummings Properties, Abby Goldenfarb of Trinity Financial, Bryan Koop of Boston Properties, Maura Moffatt of Synergy Investments, Chad Remis of Oxford Properties Group, Kimberly Sherman Stamler of Related Beal, and James Tierney of JLL were all reappointed for three year terms.



NAIOP Massachusetts, The Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is the leading organization for developers, owners, and investors of office, research & development, industrial, mixed use, multifamily, retail, and institutional real estate in the Commonwealth. NAIOP advocates for policies that advance the commercial real estate industry while providing outstanding education and networking opportunities. For more information, visit

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