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Kirk Sykes to Serve as 2024 Chapter President, Patrick McMahon Moves to Board Chair

NAIOP Members Mike Wilcox, Ned Abelson, Sherry Clancy, and Larry Feldman Recognized with Special Awards

(Boston, MA) - At its Annual Meeting held on November 28, NAIOP Massachusetts, The Commercial Real Estate Development Association, elected a new President and Board members. The Board includes the principals of many of the region’s leading commercial real estate firms.

Kirk Sykes, Co-Managing Director of Accordia Partners, was elected President of NAIOP Massachusetts for 2024. In this capacity, he will work closely with NAIOP staff and Chapter leadership to guide the organization. NAIOP’s 2023 President, Patrick McMahon of Federal Realty Investment Trust, will serve as the organization’s 2024 Board Chair; Doug Manz of HYM becomes President-Elect; Melissa Schrock of Hilco Redevelopment Partners will serve as Treasurer; and Patrick Sousa of Marcus Partners, the newest addition to NAIOP’s Board Management Committee, is the organization’s Secretary. Jim Tierney of JLL and Erin Corcoran of Oxford Properties will serve as advisors to the Board Management Committee.

“NAIOP is the voice for the statewide commercial real estate industry, ensuring critical representation of an industry that is a major part of the Commonwealth’s economic competitiveness and growth. NAIOP’s members are constantly pushing the industry forward to ensure the future of the state’s communities, residents, and businesses,” said Sykes. “At the same time, we have taken significant actions to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion across the industry, and I look forward to continuing that work by collaborating with senior leaders to secure and expand successful strategies and cultivate meaningful initiatives.”

Sykes has been part of the Accordia team for nearly 10 years and is known for combining his professional training and hands-on experience in the areas of finance, investment, development, design and construction to create customized responses to the complex issues of urban real estate development. His approach is grounded in the bottom-line driven perspective gained during his tenure as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and other leadership roles in the market.

“NAIOP is grateful to have volunteer leaders who represent the best of our market. I am honored to work alongside Kirk and our Board members to navigate the industry’s challenges and opportunities in 2024 and beyond,” said Tamara Small, CEO of NAIOP. “Kirk’s experienced leadership and innovative approach will guide NAIOP as we serve the needs of commercial real estate professionals while advancing our advocacy, educational offerings, and DEI work.”

The following industry leaders joined the NAIOP Board for three-year terms:

James Carlin, Crosspoint Associates

Sara Cassidy, AEW Capital Management

Keith Couch, Suffolk Construction

Colleen Fonseca, Builders of Color Coalition

Abby Goldenfarb, Trinity Financial

Mark McGowan, Oxford Properties Group

Michael Roberts, AvalonBay Communities

Sean Sacks, Hines

Gregory Sampson, Sullivan & Worcester

Sam Schaefer, Trammel Crow Company

Kimberly Sherman Stamler, Related Beal

NAIOP Massachusetts also presented several special awards to select members who have made significant contributions to benefit the industry. The 2023 President’s Award was presented to Mike Wilcox of The Bulfinch Companies in recognition of his exceptional leadership, strategic direction, and vision as a longtime member of NAIOP’s Leadership Council. Ned Abelson of Goulston Storrs, Sherry Clancy of National Development, and Larry Feldman of GZA were presented with the 2023 NAIOP Government Affairs Champion Award in recognition of their collective years of work on NAIOP’s Brownfields Redevelopment Committee. Their expertise and engagement has resulted in countless laws and policies that encourage the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites in Massachusetts.


NAIOP Massachusetts, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, represents the interests of companies involved with the development, ownership, management and financing of commercial properties. Committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture within the commercial real estate industry, NAIOP brings together professionals in commercial real estate – from developers and owners to investors and consultants – to strengthen the industry. NAIOP has more than 1,800 members who are involved with office, lab, industrial, mixed use, retail, institutional and multifamily space throughout Massachusetts.

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