Spotlights

2021 Year in Review: Melissa Fish-Crane, President, IREM Boston Metro. Chapter No. 4

How has your working environment changed over the last year? Like most everyone, we’ve had to become adaptable at switching back and forth between in-person events and virtual. We held our first in-person event in 15 months in June, and during that gathering I was reminded that nothing really replaces the feel of an in-person event.

2021 Year in Review: Dennis Swart, AIA, President, DJSA Architecture

What was the biggest lesson you learned while working during the pandemic? Throughout the pandemic we continually assessed issues related to project delivery and efficiency in business operations. However, one of the positives that was highlighted by the pandemic was that our greatest strength as a firm is our diversification of work.

2021 Year in Review: Edward Zuker, Founder & CEO, Chestnut Hill Realty

What was your greatest professional accomplishment or most notable project, deal, or transaction in 2021? My most notable project for 2021 was the start of construction at Hancock Village. In 1946, 800 townhouse units were built at Hancock Village

2021 Year in Review: Michael Cullen, CFO, Connolly Brothers Inc.

What was the biggest lesson you learned while working during the pandemic? The pandemic has brought many challenges to our work environment over the past two years. The two most important things in my mind, as a manager, and as a company you need to be flexible and prepared.

2021 Year in Review: Krista Manna, Owner, KR Architecture and Interiors

What was the biggest lesson you learned while working during the pandemic? Don’t over schedule! Also, find what time of day you work most efficiently, and schedule tasks requiring the greatest focus during that time frame.

2021 Year in Review: Walter Hall, Owner/Founder, The Hall Institute of Real Estate

What are your predictions for your industry in 2022? The market will continue to strengthen. It continues to be a seller’s market. And this is perhaps more of a hope than a prediction, but I am looking to see the industry adopt standards that will lead to better outcomes for consumers when it comes to buying, selling and renting properties.

2021 Year in Review: Michael Troia, CEO & Co-Owner, Office Gallery International

What is the best advice you have received, and who was it from? Manage your business don’t let it manage you. Great advice from my father who owned our family CPA firm, Livingston & Haynes. He was a great mentor and coach.

2021 Year in Review: Joe Petrillo, Director of Preconstruction, Erland Construction, Inc.

How has your working environment changed over the last year? A hybrid working environment seems to be the new normal. Erland has been working hard to maintain our family culture while ensuring everyone’s health and well-being. This hybrid model allows them to do that.

2021 Year in Review: Steven King, Managing Director, Quonset Development Corp.

What was the biggest lesson you learned while working during the pandemic? With more than 200 companies and 12,200 jobs at Quonset, our goal is to continue to provide world-class infrastructure so that Quonset companies can remain focused on running and growing their business.

2021 Year in Review: Laura Wild, Vice President/State Manager, First American Title Insurance Company

Biggest Lesson Learned: Technology is the future. The pandemic accelerated the need for businesses to change their infrastructure. Working from home has become the new normal, not the exception to the rule.