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 30 years. He has been instrumental in helping the company grow from 3,000 units in 1986 to more than 100,000 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 6th largest residential property management firm in the country operating more than 100,000 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 is responsible for the company’s Mid-Atlantic affordable housing development and asset management activities, as well as its market rate investments. Under Brett’s leadership, affordable housing projects completed, entitled and in development total more than 4,900 units in 12 projects. Brett also oversees investments for WinnDevelopment in market rate multifamily properties across the country that include value add acquisition, workforce housing and mixed-income housing.
Prior to joining Winn, Brett founded BEM Companies LLC and BEM Consulting LLC (“BEM”) in 2009, a Virginia-based real estate organization that specializes in affordable housing development and consulting services to small- and medium-sized companies in all areas of multifamily real estate.
Prior to BEM, Brett was the Director of Development for Coalco International (now operating as Corigin), a global real estate development and investment company, and began his career with The Related Companies in New York City.
Brett has served on the Green/Energy Committee of the National Leased Housing Association, the Young Leaders Education Committee of the Urban Land Institute, DC Real Estate Group, ULI Mentor program, and the Executive Committee of the University of Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Board (MARAB). In 2019, Brett was appointed by Governor Northam to the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development. He also currently serves on the Board of the Latin American Youth Center in Washington DC, which has been providing educational and recreational programs for youths in the DC metropolitan area for nearly 50 years.
Brett received a Bachelor Arts in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
David W. Thunell
Senior Vice President of Construction
David W. ThunellDavid W. Thunell - Senior Vice President of Construction
David W. Thunell, Senior 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.
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.
Meade CurtisMeade Curtis - Vice President
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.
LeAnn HanfieldLeAnn Hanfield - Vice President
LeAnn Hanfield joined WinnDevelopment in 2008 and currently serves as a Vice President.
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, adaptive reuse and preservation of historic buildings, as well as new construction projects. During her tenure at Winn, she has overseen the implementation of over $400 million in development activity.
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.
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.
Aimee McHaleAimee McHale - Vice President
Aimee McHale joined WinnDevelopment in 2019 and currently serves as a Vice President, managing projects in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions.
Prior to joining WinnCompanies, Aimee managed development projects for the District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. She has also managed affordable housing development projects on behalf of National Housing Trust and Universal Companies.
Aimee holds a Master's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Maryland College Park and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She also completed a fellowship through the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence (CUREx) at the University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President of Construction
Jason QuinnJason Quinn - Vice President of Construction
Jason Quinn, Vice President of Construction has been with the WinnDevelopment team since 2013. He brings with him 18 years of construction experience as an estimator and project manager. Jason’s extensive knowledge of the construction industry also includes expertise in budget analysis, project management, value engineering, constructability reviews, quality control, and project closeouts. Jason also maintains exceptional contractor and client relationships. Currently, Jason oversees the construction of more than $100 Million dollars worth of projects, consisting of occupied rehabs, historic mill conversions and ground up construction. A few of his most recent completed projects include Ludlow Mills in Ludlow, MA, City Crossing in Jersey City, NJ and Atlantic Terrace and Gardens in Washington DC. He is also overseeing one of WinnDevelopment’s first ground-up construction projects – The Watson, a 140-unit, mixed-income/workforce housing project in Quincy, MA.
Jason graduated from Mansfield State Univerity of Pennsylvania in 1999, with a degree in Biology. He currently serves on on the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Green Communities Committee for his hometown of Dighton, MA.
Senior Project Director
Andrew ColbertAndrew Colbert - Senior Project Director
Mr. Colbert joined WinnCompanies in 2014 and currently serves as a Senior Project Director. He works on all aspects of the development cycle and is actively involved in various mixed-use and mixed-finance projects across. Development types include rehabilitation of existing housing, historic adaptive re-use, master planning and new construction.
He is responsible for implementing many of the company’s Boston- and Massachusetts-based development initiatives, including the $2 billion multi-phased redevelopment of Mary Ellen McComack, a 27-acre, 1016-unit public housing community in South Boston that will be re-imagined into a mixed-use, ecosystem featuring 3,700 mixed-income housing units, structured parking, ground floor retail and community space; the $40 million redevelopment of Residences at Harborwalk and Harbor125 in conjunction with the Boston Housing Authority; the $47 million development of The Watson in Quincy, MA, which features the largest number of middle-income housing units financed by MassHousing and received a the Urban Land Institute’s 2019 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award; and the $200 million transformation of the historic Sibley Building in Rochester, NY, which created more than 280 units of mixed-income housing, 20,000 SF of retail and 80,000 SF of office and tech incubator space and has won multiple industry awards.
A lifelong Massachusetts resident, Mr. Colbert currently resides in Boston. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Geography from Colgate University.
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
David GinsbergDavid Ginsberg - Senior Project Director
David Ginsberg is a Senior Project Director at WinnDevelopment, managing the acquisition, financing, design, government relations, community input, and construction of mixed income and mixed use real estate projects. David’s primary focus is to further expand the portfolio of WinnCompanies, the largest manager of affordable housing America, in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. His specialization has been in the development and preservation of critically needed affordable and workforce housing utilizing Federal and State Tax Credit programs and the adaptive reuse of structures on the National Register of Historic Places. Currently, David oversees the construction of more than 1,000 rental units for families, individuals and seniors, and $250 million in Total Development Costs.
David attended the University of California-Berkeley, graduating in 2010 with highest honors in Urban Studies. David attended Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (GSD), completing a Master in Urban Planning degree with distinction, concentrating in real estate and urban design. During his time at Harvard he was awarded a Taubman Fellowship from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, won the American Planning Association's graduate student paper-contest in the Transportation category, and was awarded the GSD Academic Excellence Award and the GSD Award for Excellence in Urban Design for his studio work seeking to improve the affordable housing delivery systems of Mexico.