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 a member of the Executive Committee for the National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC) and served as a past president of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA). Mr. Curtis also served for nine years on the Board of Trustees for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and was a member of the Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA).
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 has been a Lecturer on Urban Planning and Design.
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
Executive Vice President
Adam J. SteinAdam J. Stein - Executive Vice President
Adam joined WinnCompanies in 2009 and currently serves as Executive Vice President of WinnDevelopment where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s development initiatives across New England and upstate New York.
Mr. Stein has nearly two decades 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 $700 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
David GinsbergDavid Ginsberg -Senior Vice President
David Ginsberg is a Senior Vice President at WinnDevelopment, managing the acquisition, financing, design, government relations, community input, and construction of mixed income and mixed use real estate projects.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew ColbertAndrew Colbert - Vice President
Mr. Colbert joined WinnCompanies in 2014 and currently serves as a Vice President. He works on all aspects of the development cycle and is actively involved in various mixed-use and mixed-finance projects across the Northeast and Midwest. 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, 1,016-unit public housing community in South Boston that will be re-imagined into a mixed-use, ecosystem featuring 3,300 mixed-income housing units, structured parking, ground floor retail and community space; the $40 million redevelopment of Harborwalk Residences and Harbor125 Apartments 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 recipient of 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.
Darien L. Crimmin
Vice President of Energy and Sustainability
Darien L. CrimminDarien L. Crimmin - Vice President of Energy and Sustainability
Darien L. Crimmin has been in the business of sustainability for over 20 years. As Vice President of Energy and Sustainability for WinnCompanies and co-founder of Open Market ESCO, he is responsible for managing a range of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across Winn’s portfolio of residential properties. Combining technical building science with energy policies and entrepreneurial financing has Mr Crimmin has developed a wide ranging portfolio of energy projects, including megawatts of solar photovoltaic, dozens HVAC and insulation upgrades, water conservation improvements, and innovative energy financing demonstrations. Through Mr. Crimmin’s leadership, Winn has partnered with local, state, and federal agencies to promote investments at the intersection of affordable housing and sustainability. Most recently, Mr. Crimmin has pioneered the application of community solar to benefit low- and moderate-income households.
Prior to joining WinnDevelopment in 2009, Mr. Crimmin was responsible for managing Harvard University’s Office for Sustainability Green Building Services. Among other accomplishments, Mr. Crimmin helped develop Harvard’s (then) largest solar hot water installation, designed training modules for Harvard University’s Operations Services, and created utility measurement and verification tools to track energy performance across the University. 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 energy and sustainability organizations and is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences. He is currently involved in the National Community Solar Partnership, focused on expanding LMI access to community solar, and the City of Boston’s emissions performance standard where he served on the Technical Advisory Group. Other affiliations include the Low-Income Energy Affordability Network, Massachusetts Chapter of the US Green Building Council, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, and NH&RA’s Council for Environmentally Friendly Housing. Mr Crimmin is a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program and on the Multifamily Technical Working Group of the Investor Confidence Project. He holds degrees from Tufts University and the University of Vermont.
While not problem solving for climate change and social justice, Darien enjoys spending time in nature with his two young children and his dog Everest.
Senior Managing Director, Investments
Meade CurtisMeade Curtis - Senior Managing Director, Investments
Meade Curtis is responsible for executing business and fostering institutional investment relationships throughout the United States.
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
Christopher FrenchChristopher French - Vice President, Acquisitions
Chris French is responsible for overseeing the acquisition, financing and development of affordable housing and mixed-income projects primarily in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions.
Prior to joining WinnDevelopment, Mr. French owned and operated CRF Development, LLC, a real estate development and consulting company focusing primarily on the development and preservation of quality affordable housing as well as market rate multi-family property. Prior to founding CRF Development, Mr. French was first an asset manager, underwriter and banker for ten years first at Centerline Capital and then Citi Community Capital, the community development division of Citigroup. Following his tenure with Citi Community Capital, Mr. French worked developing hotels in the Tri-State area utilizing the EB-5 Program for a company called Manhattan Regional Center. Mr. French has structured and/or underwritten well in excess of $1 billion in multifamily, hospitality and senior care/assisted living projects across the country.
Mr. French has a B.S. from Cornell University and an MS in Real Estate Finance and Investment from New York University.
Stephen GilbertStephen Gilbert - Vice President
Steve Gilbert is responsible for development projects in Philadelphia and northern New Jersey. Steve has over 35 years of experience overseeing development projects in the Mid-Atlantic.
Prior to joining Winn, he was a Managing Director of General Electric Capital in charge of the Mid-Atlantic Region where he was responsible for over $2.4 billion of GE real estate investments and development projects. Prior to GE, Steve was with Turner Construction in Philadelphia.
Mr. Gilbert is a graduate of Wharton School and has a Masters of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
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 has over 15 years of affordable housing and community development experience. She currently serves as a Vice President, managing a team and projects in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions.
Prior to joining WinnCompanies, Aimee managed redevelopment projects for the District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, National Housing Trust Communities 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.
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
Neisha ColónNeisha Colón - Senior Project Director
Neisha Colón 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.
Neisha is responsible for the project management of over 600 units and $300 million in total development costs at various projects across Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Her experience includes new construction projects, historic preservation and the renovation of existing housing. Ms. Colón has experience with state housing finance agencies financing guidelines, rental assistance demonstration conversions of public housing, federal and state LIHTC programs bond financing and other affordable housing programs.
Neisha attended the Ithaca College, graduating with a BA in Economics. She attended Cornell’s Baker Graduate Program in Real Estate, completing a Master in Real Estate Studies and Urban Planning degree, concentrating in real estate development. At Cornell, Neisha served as a Board of Director in the Associate Real Estate Council, which focused on furthering members knowledge and their connections in real estate.
Prior to attaining her Masters at Cornell, Neisha managed over 1,000 units and storefronts in the Greater Boston Area. As an Economic Development Coordinator, she also spearheaded an Asset Building Program establishing Individual Development Accounts (IDA’s) for residents living in transitional housing at the Elizabeth Stone House in Greater Boston.
Senior Project Director
Chris FlemingChris Fleming - Senior Project Director
Christopher Fleming, Senior Project Director, has worked in the development industry for more than 34 years and has been a member of the Winn team for more than 22 years.
Among his projects are: the $100 million redevelopment of the Castle Square Apartments, a 500-unit project on 11 acres in the South End neighborhood of Boston; the acquisition and redevelopment of the historic 1,000,000-square- foot Sibley Building in downtown Rochester, NY into a $150,000,000 mixed-use urban center; The Residences at Brighton Marine in Boston, MA, one of the first privately developed all veteran’s affordable housing projects in the United States, consisting of 101 apartments and veteran focused services and amenities with a total project cost of $50,000,000; and Sursum Corda, a joint venture redevelopment with a non-profit housing cooperative, of a 200-unit, 6 acre parcel of land off of N. Capitol Street in Washington, DC, into a 1.3 million square foot residential and retail development site.
Mr. Fleming is currently working on the proposed $1 billion redevelopment of the 27 acre,1,000-unit Mary Ellen McCormack housing project in South Boston, MA into a new mixed use, mixed income community consisting of over 3,000 units of housing and 100,000 square feet of retail and amenity space.
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
Matthew RobaynaMatthew Robayna - Senior Project Director
Mr. Robayna oversees development of the affordable and mixed-income projects that WinnCompanies owns and manages in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey. He works on project implementation, playing a strategic role from entitlements through design, construction and lease-up.
Mr. Robayna offers five years of experience in the affordable housing industry, with expertise in finance and project development. His current active projects include ongoing adaptive reuse redevelopments of the former East Haven High School in East Haven, CT and Mechanic Mill in Attleboro, MA, and the occupied rehabilitation of Sencit Liberty Apartments in Atlantic City, NJ and Enterprise Abbott Apartments in Waterbury, CT.
He earned his Master in Science in Real Estate Development and Master of City Planning degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and BA from the University of Miami.
Director of Energy and Sustainability
Christina McPikeChristina McPike - Director of Energy and Sustainability
Christina McPike manages various energy efficiency and sustainability projects for the WinnCompanies portfolio. During her seven years at WinnCompanies, Ms. McPike has coordinated and implemented nearly $20 million worth of energy efficiency upgrades, including, but not limited to, LED lighting retrofits, weatherization work, and heating system installations. With Ms. McPike’s expertise and cross-disciplinary approach, WinnDevelopment successfully integrates energy and sustainability goals and targets into every project, from occupied moderate renovations to historic adaptive reuse projects.
Ms. McPike has experience working with grant agencies and utility companies in D.C., Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York where she manages several projects, including those pursuing Enterprise Green Communities, Energy Star, and LEED certifications. In addition to supporting acquisition rehab projects, Ms. McPike also often interfaces with WinnResidential property and asset management staff on energy retrofit opportunities, energy usage benchmarking, resident engagement, and green operations and maintenance.
Ms. McPike is a member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, where she received the Kate Goldstein Fund award in 2016, and has participated in numerous speaking engagements with NESEA. Ms. McPike is also a member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the US Green Buidling Council. As the Co-Chair for USGBC’s Greening Greenbuild Host Sub-Committee, Ms. McPike facilitated a group of volunteers who reduced the environmental impact of Greenbuild, the largest high performance buildings conference in the world, on the City of Boston in 2017.
She is an active member of Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), the United States Green Building Council of Massachusetts and the Womens Exchange for Leadership and Living Well (WELL). Ms. McPike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Environmental Studies from Boston College and a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University.
Director of Acquisitions
Timothy MustacatoTimothy Mustacato - Director of Acquisitions
Tim Mustacato has been with WinnCompanies for nearly a decade, most recently serving as an Acquisition Associate. Mr. Mustacato began with the company as a Project Financial Analyst with the finance and asset management team. While on the team, he was responsible for the underwriting, diligence and closing of more than $200 million in financing.
In his current role as Director of Acquisitions, Mr. Mustacato is responsible for identifying potential development, acquisition and investment opportunities in WinnCompanies’ core markets, as well as identifying potential new markets for multifamily ownership opportunities.
Mr. Mustacato holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from Northeastern University and is an active member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board’s Real Estate Finance Association (REFA).