A commercial real estate firm established by two local industry veterans in 2011 has added six locally, well-known executives as it broadens the services it can offer its clients.
East Hartford-based Goman + York, founded by R. Michael Goman, the former president and chief executive of Konover Development Corp., and Thomas D. York, a former real estate adviser at CB Richard Ellis, hopes the executives will further enable the firm to provide clients all services needed from project conception through construction.
The hires include the former head of business development and community relations at Northeast Utilities and the broker who assembled the dozen parcels that comprise what is now Blue Back Square in West Hartford.
“We’ve very selective in how we grow,” York told me today. “We’re not in the business of being high volume. We want to provide fewer clients with a high level of service.”
Here are profiles of the new executives provided by Goman + York:
- Peter Holland, senior vice president, Advisory Services, has 25 years’ experience providing advice and transactional services to institutional firms, nonprofit organizations and owners and users of commercial real estate around the globe.
Most recently a partner with Bartram & Cochran, Holland was previously senior vice president and chief procurement officer for The Hartford Financial Services Group for 20 years. He also served as chief operating officer for CoreNet Global, the international network of corporate real estate executives and site selection consultants. Holland resides in Simsbury, Conn.
- Douglas Fisher, senior vice president, Marketing and Government Relations, brings expertise in economic development, public affairs, marketing and negotiation. Fisher led business development, community relations and market research for Northeast Utilities.
Currently executive director of the Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership, Fisher has led national and international business recruitment efforts in partnership with state and regional officials across New England. He previously had senior roles with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and the state legislature. Fisher lives in Bolton, Conn.
- Dusty McMahan, senior vice president, Creative Development Officer, is a landscape architect, planner and project manager who uses visual communications to expedite development.
His career spans 25 years with firms in the United States and abroad, where he supervised the design and construction of 7.5 million square feet of commercial and mixed-use real estate, urban infill and resorts. A skilled consensus builder, McMahan was a vice president at Konover Development Corp., where he secured investment funds and serviced major national retail clients, including CVS and Walgreens. He lives in Coventry, Conn.
- Jonathan (Jay) Fisher, senior vice president, Brokerage and Development Services, brings 19 years’ experience creating strategic relationships between clients and property owners.
Former director of development for Simon Konover Development Corp. in West Hartford, Fisher has developed many industrial, commercial and residential areas around Bradley International Airport. His projects have ranged from single-tenant buildings of 4,500 sq. ft. to mixed-use lifestyle centers with 425,000 sq. ft. of retail space, 30,000 sq. ft. of office space and 275 multi-family units. Fisher resides in Glastonbury, Conn.
- Jonathan Cohn, senior vice president, Brokerage Services, identified and facilitated the acquisition of the 12 parcels that comprise what is now Blue Back Square in West Hartford.
During his 35 years’ representing landlords and tenants, Cohn has handled major lease negotiations of 139,000 sq. ft. to Intel Corp. in San Francisco, Calif.; 155,000 sq. ft. to the former Fleet Bank in Hartford; 80,000 sq. ft. to DHL Airways in Houston, Texas; 90,000 sq. ft. to The Travelers Companies Inc. in Farmington, Conn.; and 60,000 sq. ft. to Verifone in Atlanta, Georgia. He lives in Farmington, Conn.
- Craig Zimmerman, senior vice president, Capital Markets, brings 20 years’ experience in project finance, leasing and asset-based lending in the real estate, energy and infrastructure sectors.
He draws on investor and industry contacts built while director of Green Development Finance at Weston Solutions, Inc. and head of banking and finance groups at Merrill Lynch, where he marketed the Zell Opportunity Fund. He also managed Structured Lease Finance at NationsBank and led the Global Lease Finance Division at Fleet Capital. Craig has arranged more than $10 billion of project- and tax-oriented financings. He lives in Westport, Conn.