winndevelopment executive team
Lawrence H. Curtis
President and Managing Partner, WinnDevelopment
Lawrence H. CurtisLawrence H. Curtis - President and Managing Partner, WinnDevelopment
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.
Gilbert J. Winn
Chief Executive Officer
Gilbert J. WinnGilbert J. Winn - Chief Executive Officer
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 98,000 units across 22 states and the District of Columbia. 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 two children.
Adam J. Stein
Senior Vice President
Adam J. SteinAdam J. Stein - Senior Vice President
Adam joined WinnCompanies in 2009 and currently serves as Senior Vice President of WinnDevelopment where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s Boston based development initiatives. Mr. Stein works on all development operations and represents WinnDevelopment in government, industry and community events. He is actively involved in various residential projects across New England and upstate New York.
Mr. Stein has more than a decade of experience in multi-family real estate development in the areas of new construction, acquisition rehabs and adaptive reuse and has been responsible for the successful creation of more than $500 million of real estate investments in various communities across the Eastern U.S. Prior to joining WinnCompanies, Mr. Stein served as a Development Manager at JPI Northeast, a conventional multi-family development company based in Irving, Texas and as Vice President of Development for the Norsouth Companies, a housing developer, general contractor and manager of mixed-income and mixed-use properties throughout the Southeast.
Mr. Stein earned his MBA from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business, an MFA in Historic Preservation from The Savannah College of Art & Design and a BA from Union College. He is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute's Boston chapter, NH&RA and holds his Massachusetts Real Estate License.
Senior Vice President
Brett MeringoffBrett Meringoff - Senior Vice President
Brett Meringoff, Vice President of WinnDevelopment, is responsible for the company’s Mid-Atlantic development projects.
Prior to joining Winn, Mr. Meringoff founded BEM Companies LLC and BEM Consulting LLC, Virginia-based real estate organizations that specialize in affordable housing development and consulting services for all areas of multi-family real estate. Prior to BEM, Mr. Meringoff was the Director of Development for Coalco International, a global real estate development and investment company. He began his career with Related Capital Company where he was directly responsible for equity investments in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit properties, in addition to the structuring and underwriting of several tax shelter funds.
Mr. Meringoff has served on the Young Leaders Education Committee of the Urban Land Institute, as well as the Executive Committee for the University of Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Board (MARAB). He is also a member of the Washington, D.C. Real Estate Group. Mr. Meringoff received his Bachelor Arts degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Darien L. Crimmin
Vice President of Energy and Sustainability
Darien L. CrimminDarien L. Crimmin - Vice President of Energy and Sustainability
Darien L. Crimmin has worked in the business of sustainability for more than 10 years. As Vice President of Energy and Sustainability for WinnCompanies, he is responsible for managing a range of energy efficiency projects and sustainability programs across Winn’s residential portfolio. Through Mr. Crimmin’s leadership, Winn has partnered with numerous local, state and federal agencies to reduce energy costs and promote investments in sustainability. Recent greening efforts include the installation of more than a megawatt of solar photovoltaic, numerous HVAC and insulation upgrades, water conservation improvements, and extensive training for Winn management and maintenance staff. Through Mr. Crimmin’s support, WinnDevelopment undertook the nation’s largest “Deep Energy Retrofit” project and recently achieved LEED Platinum Certification for a historic mill conversion.
Prior to joining WinnDevelopment in 2009, Mr. Crimmin was responsible for managing Harvard University’s Office for Sustainability Green Building Services. Among his other accomplishments, Mr. Crimmin helped develop Harvard’s largest solar hot water installation, designed training modules for Harvard University’s Operations Services, and created utility measurement tools to track energy performance across the University. In addition, Mr. Crimmin was a teaching fellow at Harvard University’s Extension School for Green Buildings: Design, Construction, and Operations.
Mr. Crimmin actively engages with many Boston-area energy and sustainability organizations, including LEAN (Low-Income Energy Affordability Network) and NESEA (the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association). Nationally, Mr. Crimmin is affiliated with the U.S. Green Building Council, NH&RA’s Council for Environmentally Friendly Housing, and is a Fellow at the Environmental Leadership Program. Mr. Crimmin holds a Master’s degree from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont.
Vice President of Development
Meade CurtisMeade Curtis - Vice President of Development
Meade Curtis joined WinnDevelopment in January of 2016 as the Vice President of Development, where he is responsible for executing business and fostering institutional investment relationships throughout New York and New Jersey.
Meade has over a decade of real estate experience, having previously served as Vice President at AllianceBernstein Real Estate Partners, where he was responsible for sourcing investments on the behalf of the $1.2 billion real estate opportunity fund. Additionally, he has held positions at Blackstone and Merrill Lynch.
Meade holds a dual degree in Finance and Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.
Vice President, Acquisitions
Rachel EdwardsRachel Edwards - Vice President, Acquisitions
Rachel Edwards is Vice President of Acquisitions for WinnDevelopment. Ms. Edwards’ responsibilities include sourcing new opportunities to further grow Winn’s portfolio that meet the company’s investment and development criteria. In this role, Ms. Edwards provides initial analysis and feasibility of projects, negotiates transactions and assists with due diligence. She is also responsible for acquisitions of multi-family assets in 23 states, including existing apartment buildings, rehabilitation of historic buildings and fractured condominium developments with a focus on the creation of mixed- and low-income housing. In addition, Ms. Edwards oversees dispositions for the Winn portfolio, maximizing value through brokered and direct transactions.
Ms. Edwards is a member of the Rental Housing Association Board of Directors and Government Affairs Committee at the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, the Legislative Committee at Preservation Massachusetts, the Historic Tax Credit Coalition at National Trust, and the Legislative Leadership Committee of National Housing & Rehabilitation Association. Ms. Edwards was also the recipient of the 2010 Preservation Massachusetts Paul E. Tsongas Profiles in Preservation Award.
Ms. Edwards received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from the School of Communications at Boston University.
Elizabeth FishElizabeth Fish - Vice President
Elizabeth Fish, Vice President, has worked in tax credit and affordable housing development since 2004 and joined WinnDevelopment in 2006 as a Project Director. Promoted in 2012 to Vice President, Ms. Fish is responsible for the acquisition, financing and development of affordable housing and mixed-income preservation projects, as well as adaptive reuse, historic, and LEED certifiable projects.
Ms. Fish currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) Next Generation group and is a member of the CJP Real Estate, Construction & Design team. In addition, Ms. Fish is a member of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition.
Prior to working at WinnDevelopment, Ms. Fish was an analyst with The Related Companies, L.P. in New York City in its affordable housing and tax credit development group. Here she was involved in transactions amounting to more than 2,200 units in excess of $130 million. Ms. Fish holds a Bachelor of Arts degree as a double major in History, as well as French & Francophone Studies from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
David W. Thunell
Vice President of Construction
David W. ThunellDavid W. Thunell - Vice President of Construction
David W. Thunell, Vice President of Construction, has served WinnDevelopment as an experienced construction professional since 2005. David’s extensive knowledge of the construction industry includes expertise in budget analysis, project management, value engineering, constructability reviews, quality control, and project closeouts. David also maintains exceptional contractor and client relationships. All of these best practices have led WinnDevelopment to win various LEED accreditations, Historical Preservation Awards, and Energy Conservation Incentives.
WinnDevelopment’s most recent achievements under Mr. Thunell’s direction include: Oliver Lofts, a historic adaptive reuse mill which obtained LEED construction Platinum rating; Castle Square Midrise Apartments, a deep energy solar thermal project, which received a LEED Platinum rating; and Malden Mills, a historic adaptive reuse mill that is LEED certifiable.
Prior to joining WinnDevelopment, Mr. Thunell served as Vice President of Properties and Director of Engineering, Construction & Maintenance for 16 years at Filene’s-Kaufmanns, May Companies. Preceding that, David was Chief Engineer for Apex Oil/BP-Sohio.
Mr. Thunell has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
James V. Harger
Vice President of Construction
James V. HargerJames V. Harger - Vice President of Construction
James V. Harger has been in the real estate construction and maintenance industry for more than 38 years and at WinnCompanies for 36 years. As Vice President of Construction for WinnDevelopment, he creates construction budgets and specifications for potential acquisitions, and oversees the modernization of all acquisitions, including ensuring that LEED certification benchmarks are met.
Previously, Mr. Harger served as Vice President of Maintenance for WinnResidential. In this role, he was responsible for establishing and implementing maintenance procedures across the WinnResidential portfolio. He was also in charge of assuring that all bids and specifications were written to industry standards and that corresponding contract functions were performed to specification on all ongoing capital projects, as well as construction, modernization contracts and insurance claims.
Prior to joining Winn Companies, Mr. Harger owned his own company that specialized in the sale of industrial and educational television products. From 1966-1972, Mr. Harger worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at both the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL and the Nasa Center in Cambridge, MA. Mr. Harger also served in the United States Navy from 1964-1966.
Senior Project Director
Chris FlemingChris Fleming - Senior Project Director
Christopher Fleming, Director of Development, has worked in the development industry for more than 25 years and has been a member of the Winn team for more than 13 years.
Among his recent and current projects are: the $100 million redevelopment of the Castle Square Apartment Complex, a 500-unit project on 11 acres in the South End neighborhood of Boston; the redevelopment of the Lofts at Lower Mills, a 78-unit condominium project within the historic Baker Mill complex in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston; the acquisition and redevelopment of the historic 1,000,000-square-foot Sibley Building in downtown Rochester into a $150,000,000 mixed-use urban center; and the development of Clippership Wharf, a 12-acre waterfront site in East Boston into 294 market rate apartments with ancillary retail and parking facilities with a total project cost of $120,000,000.
Prior to joining Winn in 1998, Mr. Fleming spent 15 years managing projects for a variety of corporate (NYNEX, American Optical, Mutual Life Insurance Co. of New York), institutional (Temple University, New England Home for Little Wanderers), public (Government of Puerto Rico, City of Milwaukee) and private clients. Mr. Fleming started his career for the law firm of Ropes & Gray, LLP where he worked as a real estate attorney for four years.
Senior Project Director
LeAnn HanfieldLeAnn Hanfield - Senior Project Director
LeAnn Hanfield joined WinnDevelopment in 2008 and currently serves as a Senior Project Director. In her role, Ms. Hanfield is responsible for overseeing the acquisition, financing and construction of affordable housing and mixed-income developments. She is presently working on projects that include in-place rehabilitations of existing communities, as well as the adaptive reuse and preservation of historic buildings.
Ms. Hanfield currently serves on the Greater Boston Real Estate Board’s NextGen network and is an active member of the National Apartment Association (NAA). In addition, she has received the Credential for Green Property ManagementTM (CGPMTM) from the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) and National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI). Ms. Hanfield holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami, where she double majored in Mass Communication and Psychology.