Buffet Breakfast: 7:30 ~ Program: 8:00 - 9:00 AM
The development process brings together a number of diverse professionals: bankers, brokers, architects, engineers, etc. Developers themselves come from a number of different disciplines, and also work with a number of these same professionals along the way. But, how does one actually get started?
Developers typically have an entrepreneurial nature and know how to sense opportunities for specific projects. Successful developers know how to manage risk and navigate through the whole development process. They know how to build a team professionals for each project and when to start thinking about putting together sources of capital and pre-marketing the project. They know how to determine if a project is feasible.
Make plans to join MEREDA for breakfast on December 5 at the Portland Regency Hotel as a developer, a banker, and an architect walk through the typical process of a development timetable. We anticipate this being a very interactive session, so please come to the event prepared to ask questions!
Meet the Panelists:
Thomas N. Lea is Senior Vice President and Southern Maine Region Manager of Commercial Real Estate Finance at Peoples United Bank. Mr. Lea has been a residential and commercial real estate lender for the past 41 years. Since 1988 he has focused exclusively on commercial real estate lending. Mr. Lea has a wide range of commercial lending experience, having worked with real estate investors and developers in regional and national markets as well as those investing in Maine's future.
Mr. Lea is a 1970 graduate of Bowdoin College and holds an MBA from the University of Southern Maine. Tom has served on a number of non-profit boards over the years and currently sits on the Investment Committee of the Maine Housing Investment Fund, an investor in new Maine affordable housing projects, and has served on MEREDA’s board of directors and various committees for 23 years and is its Immediate Past President.
Brian M. Curley, AIA, LEED AP, Maine Licensed Architect, received his architecture degree from the Boston Architectural College before moving to Maine. He practiced at several Portland firms, joining PDT Architects in 1996 and becoming a principal in 2003. Brian’s diverse practice covers design for corporate, bank, housing, and retail clients, with special expertise in interior design, sustainability, and historic preservation.
Brian’s expertise ranges from space planning and interior fitups to historic renovation and new construction. Brian heads the interior design marketing group, working with PDT’s two full-time interior designers on tenant fitups, renovations, and furnishings package.
Vincent P. Veroneau, joined J.B. Brown & Sons as President/CEO in 2005. He has been involved in commercial real estate development, asset management, and marketing since 1987. Before joining J.B. Brown & Sons, he was a partner at North Atlantic Commercial Brokers and previously employed at Northland Investment Corporation.
He holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of San Francisco, an M.B.A from the University of Southern Maine, and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has taken several real estate courses in the Community Planning & Development graduate program at the Muskie School of Public Policy.