A commercial real estate firm based in the Hartford area is expanding its design and economic development services, hiring three industry veterans, including a former Yale University educator.
Goman+York Property Advisors LLC. founded in 2011, has hired former Yale professor Patrick Pinnell as senior vice president, architectural and environmental design; David Driver, the former president of Science Park at Yale, as senior vice president of business development and corporate relations; and Donald Poland, who help design post-Hurricane Katrina redevelopment, as senior vice president of urban planning.
Pinnell is an architect, planner, author and educator who contributed to planning for redeveloping downtown Hartford. He has been involved in similar projects nationally and internationally. Pinnell headed Yale’s graduate research program in environmental design and taught at its School of Architecture from 1981 to 1989. He lives in Higganum.
Driver founded and directed Connecticut Innovations, Inc., the state’s risk capital agency, and, earlier, had led marketing for state Department of Economic Development for 15 years. Driver, the former business editor of The Hartford Times, lives in Meriden.
Poland, a geographer and planner, has represented dozens of developer before public regulatory agencies and is past president of the Connecticut chapter of the American Planning Association. He lives in Hartford.
“Our firm can now offer expert guidance on community project design and economic development strategies…to owners of significant properties, especially those that may be stalled due to any number of environmental, location or economic issues,” Douglas G. Fisher, a Goman+York spokesman, said.