Featured Quotes

Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.

         –  Biz Stone

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.

         –  Babe Ruth

I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.

         –  Steve Jobs

Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.

         –  Howard Schultz

Always deliver more than expected.

         –  Larry Page

Never give in-never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

         –  Winston Churchill

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now

         –  Chinese proverb

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game’s winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that’s why I succeed.

         –  Michael Jordan

Do. Or do not. There is no try.

         – Yoda, Jedi Master

Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

         –  Paulo Coelho

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Leadership

David Pogorelc
David Pogorelc
CEO/Founder

Professional Experience

Over his 30 year career, David has worked on the disposition, acquisition, leasing, development, and financing of a wide portfolio of projects in the Boston market, contributing to the success of Core Investments and its partnerships. David launched his career in development while still a student at Bryant University and honed his expertise over three decades. Prior to founding Core Investments, Dave was a founder and partner at Helm Investments, a real estate investment firm focusing on residential properties in Boston.

Dave is a proud supporter of numerous local and national charitable organizations, including Smile Train, Project Bread, Special Olympics, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Feed the Children, Food for the Poor, Salvation Army, Wounded Warrior Project, Soldiers’ Angels, Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Covenant House, and Catholic Relief Services.

Education 

Bryant University, Marketing and Communications

Brett Lazar
Brett Lazar
PRESIDENT

Professional Experience

Over the course of his 25+ year career, Brett has built a solid reputation of financial and ethical integrity. He has a demonstrated ability to bridge tactical and strategic initiatives to drive organizational success. Brett has helped build world-class teams through the seamless integration of processes, people and technology. Brett has held executive positions in finance and operations for construction, technology and real estate development companies.

Brett joined Core in 2015 and manages finance, investors and operations. Brett spends his time off enjoying his family and volunteering at his local Rotary where he is their Treasurer.

Education 

F.W. Olin Graduate School, Babson College, Master of Business and Administration
Lehigh University Bachelor of Science in Accounting

John Cissel
John Cissel
PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT

Professional Experience

John Cissel is an accomplished Real Estate Executive with more than 35 years of experience. Working across geographies and cultures, he has advised dozens of organizations and major corporations from Nasdaq, Wachovia, and Mitsubishi to many non-profits such as The Salvation Army, The Bowery Mission, and Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

He began his career in the Boston area with Fraen Real Estate Corporation, and his success led to an opportunity to co-found an international real estate Brokerage and OPM firm, focusing on representing many of the earliest internet companies. During this time, he directed and lead hundreds of millions of dollars in leases, sales transactions, and projects across 50 cities and 12 countries.

Education 

Gordon College, B.S. in Biblical Studies, Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Registration

Real Estate Broker’s License: Massachusetts and California Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) Lambda Alpha International

Tim Mackie
Tim Mackie
VP of Development & Asset Services

Professional Experience

As Vice President of Development and Asset Services, Tim directs the development arm at Core and is responsible for managing the development pipeline and current portfolio of stabilized assets. To date, he has completed $80 million (130,000 SF) of development from acquisition to stabilization across several property types and has successfully permitted 1 million square feet in Boston. He is currently engaged in permitting 8-10 million square feet and completing the development of $400 million of real estate.

Tim has specialized knowledge of Heritage Restoration Tax Credit projects, city permitting, construction processes and development analysis. Tim joined Core in 2005 with an extensive background in residential and commercial construction management.

Education

Wentworth Institute of Technology Construction Management

Registration

State of Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License

Jessica Blackerby
Jessica Blackerby
Controller

Professional Experience

Jessica joined Core Investments in May of 2006 as Controller. She is responsible for managing the accounting team and providing the financial and tax reporting for all of Core’s real estate and partnerships. Jessica began her career working at Framingham, Mass.-based Staples, Inc. and after nearly three years of financial reporting for five regional sales offices across the U.S., she decided to switch gears and work in real estate.

In 1999, she joined the real estate development company, Modern Continental Enterprises in Cambridge where she spent five years as the accounting manager and was responsible for the financial reporting and cash management for the real estate divisions in the Northeast, Southeast and hotel operations in St. Lucia. Jessica has extensive expertise in financial accounting and reporting, forecasting and trend projections, cash flow analysis and management.

Education

Nichols College, B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting

 

Steven Brooks
Steven Brooks
VP of Asset Services

Professional Experience

As Vice President of Asset Services, Steve comes to Core Investments with 20+ years of real estate asset management experience, including multifamily, office, retail, industrial, research and development, and mixed-use types. He has handled acquisitions, dispositions, leases, pre-development work, and refinancings in his work as a commercial real estate asset and portfolio manager.

Steve was previously Vice President of Asset Management for Plymouth Industrial REIT in Boston, where he managed an eight-million-square-foot portfolio of industrial and warehouse properties in the Midwest. Before that, he was Vice President of Asset Management at JKL Ventures of Sudbury, MA, a privately held commercial real estate investment and consulting company. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Asset Management at Berkeley Investments, in Boston, which acquired or developed more than 17 million square feet of property of all types of uses. Steve has also served as a Certified Public Accountant.

Education

Lehigh University, B.S.
UMass Amherst, MBA

Gary Lilienthal
Gary Lilienthal
General Counsel

Professional Experience

As General Counsel of Core Investments, Gary brings decades of extensive experience in real estate law, including the legal aspects of sophisticated commercial real estate acquisition, development, land use, leasing, joint ventures and financing.

Gary was a partner at Bernkopf Goodman LLP, a premier Boston law firm where he practiced for 46 years. During the last 10 years of practice at Bernkopf, Lilienthal represented Core.

He served for over 20 years on municipal boards, including Zoning Boards of Appeal and Planning Boards. He has written and lectured on various aspects of commercial real estate law and land use and was an instructor in Land Use at Boston College Law School.

Education

University of California at Berkeley, B.S.
Boston College Law School, J.D.


Team

Amanda Nealon
Amanda Nealon
Paralegal
Art Campbell
Art Campbell
Assistant Project Manager
Bobby Rukavina
Bobby Rukavina
Junior Project Manager
Brian Mallett
Brian Mallett
Senior Accountant
Craig Forman
Craig Forman
Accounting Manager
Craig Hanlan
Craig Hanlan
Staff Accountant
Dave Cameron
Dave Cameron
Project Manager
Erick Cruz
Erick Cruz
Design Associate
Michelle Zani
Michelle Zani
Office Administrator
Rob Waters
Rob Waters
ASSET MANAGER
Ryan Taylor
Ryan Taylor
Senior Project Accountant