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Gilbert Winn honored with the 2014 Paul E. Tsongas Award from Preservation Massachusetts.
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Michael T. Putziger is Chairman of WinnCompanies and is a member of its Board of Directors. He is also of counsel to the law firm of Murtha Cullina LLP, where he has held a role on the firm’s Board of Directors and management committee for 30 years. While there, his primary focus was on representing real estate developers through the regulatory approval and financing processes required to bring projects to fruition.
He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of First Community Bank, headquartered in Woodstock, Vermont and on the Board of Directors for New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares. He currently serves as Director of Enterprise Bancorp and Enterprise Bank, which are both located in Lowell, Massachusetts. Mr. Putziger is also a director of DSCI Corporation, a Massachusetts-based telephone company.
Mr. Putziger earned his Juris Doctor from Boston University’s School of Law and AB from Syracuse University.
Samuel Ross, Chief Executive Officer of WinnCompanies and member of the Board of Directors, joined the Winn organization as CFO in 1993. He was promoted to CEO in 2000 and has driven the company’s growth to its current position as one of the largest managers of multi-family housing and privatized military family housing in the U.S.
In his role, Mr. Ross oversees the company’s development, investment and management activities. He also plays an integral role in the creation, planning, implementation and integration of the strategic direction of WinnCompanies.
Mr. Ross serves on the Board of Directors for the National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC), as Co-Chairman on the Board of Directors for MissionWorks, as a member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board’s (GBREB) Rental Housing Association (RHA) and Real Estate Finance Association (REFA).
Prior to joining Winn, Mr. Ross was Executive Vice President of Kennedy-Wilson, a real estate investment banking and marketing firm, headquartered in Santa Monica, California.
Mr. Ross received his Master in Business Administration degree from Harvard University and his Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University.
Lawrence H. Curtis, the President and Managing Partner of WinnDevelopment and member of the Board of Directors, has led a full range of real estate development and acquisition activities for more than 25 years. He has been instrumental in helping the company grow from 3,000 units in 1986 to more than 95,000 units, which Winn currently has under management in 23 states across the country.
Mr. Curtis’ primary focus has been on the creation of affordable housing and historic rehabilitation developments. He is the past president of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Multi-Housing Council, as well as the Citizens Housing and Planning Association. Mr. Curtis was also recently named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Board of Trustees.
Mr. Curtis served as the 2006 chairman of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB) and as a co-chair of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ annual campaign in 2008. He has also received numerous awards, including the Paul E. Tsongas Award from Preservation Massachusetts. In addition, Mr. Curtis co-founded New Lease, a non-profit based in Boston that provides a clearinghouse of affordable housing units for families staying in state-funded shelters and motels throughout Massachusetts.
Mr. Curtis received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York and a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University, where he is now a Lecturer on Urban Planning and Design. He is a licensed architect in Massachusetts, and resides in Boxford with his wife Marla and their four sons.
William W. Wollinger, Chief Operating Officer and member of the Board of Directors, has worked in the property management industry since 1971 and has served the Winn organization for more than 35 years. Collaborating with the board of directors and senior leaders, he helps to define the company’s vision; ensuring the implementation of the company’s objectives while delivering high-quality services to its clients and residents. During his tenure, Mr. Wollinger has helped expand the company to become one of the largest management organizations in the country.
Prior to joining Winn, Mr. Wollinger served as an officer in the United States Army. He holds a BS degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Gilbert J. Winn is the Chief Executive Officer of the Boston-based WinnCompanies, which has acquired and developed real estate holdings in excess of $2.5 billion. The company’s management division, WinnResidential, is the 5th largest residential property management firm in the country operating more than 90,000 units across 23 states. Gilbert is responsible for overseeing WinnCompanies’ property management and investment activities, as well as the real estate development activities of the firm alongside WinnDevelopment partner Larry Curtis. He plays a leadership role in the creation, planning, implementation and integration of the strategic vision and growth of WinnCompanies. Among Mr. Winn’s recent focuses, is the development of high-impact mixed-income and mixed-use environmentally-sustainable redevelopment projects, many of which have received awards from city and state agencies, as well as non-profits and industry associations for their impact on the community, design, sustainable features and/or historic preservation.
Prior to joining WinnCompanies, Mr. Winn was an Associate at Related Capital Company, a full-service real estate investment company based in New York City, where he originated and implemented over $150 million of equity investments in various projects throughout the United States. Mr. Winn graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Arts studying History and Psychology. He resides in Boston with his wife and son.
As WinnResidential President, Deirdre Kuring is responsible for overseeing operations of the multifamily portfolio and corporate services, including the Operations Support Services (OSS) department, which provides oversight of Marketing, Compliance, and Quality Control groups.
Ms. Kuring has over 20 years of experience in multi-family real estate management with a specialty in new development, lease-up and asset repositioning. Before joining WinnResidential in February 2011, Ms. Kuring spent 10 years with BRE Properties, Inc., a San Francisco-based real estate investment trust, with properties in California, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Arizona and Colorado. In 2000, she was hired as Divisional Vice President of the Northwest region, and in 2001 she was promoted to Executive Vice President, responsible for the company’s 38,000-unit portfolio. Prior to joining BRE, Ms. Kuring spent five years at Archstone Communities as Vice President of Operations, overseeing 9,800 units in Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Utah.
Ms. Kuring is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) and holds a BA, Business Administration degree from the Seattle University, where she served for seven years as a Dean’s Advisory Board Member, Albers School of Business. She is a member of the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC), and is a current member of the National Apartment Association Education Institute and Virginia Tech Residential Property Management Advisory Board. Ms. Kuring has also earned a Certificate in Commercial Real Estate from University of Washington.
Patrick M. Appleby, President of WinnResidential Military Housing Services, has worked in the property management industry since 1982, and has served the Winn organization for more than 20 years. Mr. Appleby is currently responsible for directing property operations for more than 40,000 homes managed under the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI).
Since 1999, Mr. Appleby has been part of a diverse team responsible for all activities related to WinnResidential's initiatives involving the privatization of military housing for the U.S. Department of Defense, including training, marketing, information management systems and operations. Mr. Appleby also oversees new business activities, development and the implementation of transition and operations plans, as well as portfolio operations for WinnResidential’s MHPI portfolio that currently includes 40,000 military homes.
Prior to joining Winn, Mr. Appleby was a Principal at Boston Financial/Lend Lease Residential, where he was responsible for a diverse portfolio of more than 6,000 apartment homes. In this role, Mr. Appleby also tracked operational results, explored ancillary revenue opportunities and implemented efficient procurement practices for the company’s entire portfolio of more than 40,000 apartment homes.
Mr. Appleby has served on the Military Housing Committee of the National Apartment Association (NAA) since its inception, as well as the NAA’s Apartment Careers Committee.
Mr. Appleby is a Certified Property Manager with the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), as well as a Certified Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM) with the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA). He is an active member of the Professional Housing Managers Association (PHMA).
Daniel E. Willert has served as General Counsel, Chief Ethics Officer for WinnCompanies, and has been a member of the WinnCompanies Executive Team since 2010. He brings 30 years of experience, working with and advising businesses and individuals in a wide variety of corporate and real estate matters. In his role, Mr. Willert is responsible for all legal affairs concerning the company, including compliance with various legal and regulatory requirements. Working with the Board of Directors and senior leadership team, he helps to ensure the implementation of the company’s business objectives, including delivering high-quality services to its clients.
Mr. Willert is a member of the Massachusetts and California Bar Associations. He holds his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University.
As Chief Financial Officer for WinnResidential, Bryan Hunt is responsible for overall management and control of accounting, technology, business systems, and finance related functions.
Prior to joining WinnResidential in September 2013, from June 2005 to August 2013, Mr. Hunt was the Chief Accounting Officer for Essex Property Trust, Inc., a West Coast-based real estate investment trust. At Essex, he was responsible for the Company’s accounting, reporting, budgeting/forecasting, and treasury related functions. Prior to Essex, Mr. Hunt spent 10+ years in public accounting for such firms as Deloitte & Touche LLP, KPMG LLP, and Arthur Andersen LLP, primarily in the area of the audit of public and private real estate companies and institutional funds.
Mr. Hunt is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Michael O’Brien, Executive Vice President, has been part of the Winn Executive Team since January 2014.
In his role, Mr. O’Brien is responsible for corporate management, strategic planning, and financial and client relationships at WinnDevelopment and WinnResidential.
Prior to joining Winn, Mr. O’Brien spent nine years as the City Manager of Worcester. During that time, Mr. O’Brien successfully implemented multiple programs to spur economic development and improve neighborhoods. As a result, Worcester is currently rated one of the safest communities in the country, among cities with a population of 100,000 or more, and is experiencing more than $1.3 billion in planned or current economic development activity.
Additionally, Mr. O’Brien spearheaded "Buy Worcester Now," a new private-public partnership between the city, banks, lending institutions, local companies, non-profit agencies, realtors and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to generate new market demand for all available housing options in Worcester and to assist qualified, responsible buyers in purchasing a home. He also established five Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas, each focused specifically on issues relative to housing, code enforcement, commercial storefront improvements and job training.
Mr. O'Brien received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Susan H. Malatesta, Executive Vice President, Asset Management, has worked in the property management and real estate industry since 1985 and has served the Winn organization for more than 25 years. Ms. Malatesta is responsible for the asset management oversight of more than 85 assets. These responsibilities include audit, tax and investor reporting, sales, refinancing and acquisition activities. She also acts as a liaison between the property management and development teams to facilitate the financial reporting during the construction phase of new developments. In her role, Ms. Malatesta is also responsible for the oversight of the WinnResidential internal audit function and the WinnCompanies master budget.
Prior to joining WinnCompanies, Ms. Malatesta worked for Laventhol & Horwath, a public accounting firm.
Ms. Malatesta is a member of the Massachusetts Society of CPA’s as a Certified Public Accountant. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
As Chief Financial Officer for WinnResidential, Cynthia Tanner is responsible for all finance related functions that include accounting, technology & business systems, and asset & risk management for the company, which manages more than 92,000 residential units. In her role, Ms. Tanner will lead business systems, processes, and reporting to engender a culture of accountability and profitability.
Ms. Tanner joins WinnResidential with more than 20 years of experience in executive operations and financial management. Prior to joining Winn in December 2014, Ms. Tanner was the Chief Accounting Officer for the property management division of the Bozzuto Group. There she led a rapidly growing portfolio that consisted of more than 180 multifamily assets. She was also the Chief Financial Officer of MG Properties where she managed corporate finance and administrative functions for the acquisition, renovation and management of multifamily assets. Before that, Ms. Tanner held the positions of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Centara Capital Group, and oversaw all aspects of finance and operations, including accounting, human resources, and information technology and account services. She began her career in public accounting focusing on tax strategies for real estate investors.
Ms. Tanner is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA in Finance as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting both from the University of Baltimore. Ms. Tanner has served on several Boards of Directors for nonprofits and is active in financial executive groups throughout the country.
As Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Training for WinnCompanies and its affiliates, Alessandra Quagliata de Vaca is responsible for the oversight of the human resources, payroll and training functions for over 500 properties managed by Winn. Ms. de Vaca and her team are responsible for setting up programs that promote the maximum level of employee engagement thereby helping to ensure that the residents living in the more than 92,000 units managed by Winn receive the highest level of service possible.
Prior to joining Winn in September of 2013, Ms. de Vaca worked in a variety of industries including manufacturing, hi-tech, healthcare and affordable housing. Most recently, she spent 11 years working for Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston (HSL), a Harvard-medical school affiliated organization that provides healthcare, housing and research to seniors. At HSL, Ms. de Vaca was responsible for managing a variety of its infrastructure departments including HR, training and education. Prior to working at HSL, she launched full-service HR and training functions at Neighborhood Health Plan and MASCO.
Professionaly Ms. de Vaca is known for a collaborative approach to implementing a variety of talent management solutions. She is fluent in four languages (English, Spanish, Italian and French) and has lived in several countries. It is her passion for understanding different cultures that originally led her to pursue a career in human resources and training.
Outside the office, Ms. de Vaca is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), and the New England Human Resources Association (NEHRA). She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University.