Vice President, Development
As Vice President of Development Eric Ekman is responsible for leading acquisition and development activities to assist in cultivating McGuire Development’s focus on development activity, fostering growth in its existing portfolio and identifying optimal acquisition opportunities. Eric brings over 14 years of project management and team leadership experience in a diverse range of real estate development activities.
Most recently, Mr. Ekman worked for Berkeley Investments for 12 years as Senior Vice President, Director of Development, in Boston, MA. His previous employment also included Project Manager at Keen Development, Town Planner for Westford, MA and four years in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Ekman attended the University at Buffalo to obtain his Bachelor of Arts in Geography, with a minor in Environmental Design, and then continued to pursue his passion for urban planning and development by obtaining a Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
During his time at Berkeley Investments, Mr. Ekman led a variety of historic rehabilitation, adaptive reuse, and new construction infill projects involving office, residential, and retail uses. A notable project that he oversaw from concept to completion was the Watch Factory in Waltham, MA, which consisted of the historic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of a 400,000 SF mill complex. Comprised of both residential, commercial, and retail components, the Watch Factory represents a multi-phase project with complex development issues that utilized both historic and Brownfield tax credits. Mr. Ekman’s experience also covers Owner Representation work and managing joint venture structures.
Eric is committed to driving change within the communities he resides, and looks forward to bringing his aspirations to the Western New York Region. While in Boston, Mr. Ekman held a significant role as Treasurer and Board Member of the Charles River Watershed Association for ~9 yrs. It was during this time that Eric hired CRWA as a consultant to provide the design team at Berkely Investments, guidance on implementing LID (low impact development) strategies into the redevelopment effort for the Watch Factory project.
Eric resides in Buffalo, NY with his wife and two young children and joins their extended family in the area.
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