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Real Estate Development 101 | Plan Your Work - Work Your Plan: What You Need to Know

November 18, 2014 - 7:30AM
to 9:00AM

Pepperell Mill Campus
2 Main Street
Biddeford, ME

Registration for this event is no longer available online. Please contact the MEREDA office at 874-0801 for more information.

About the Event:

Buffet Breakfast: 7:30  ~  Program:  8:00 - 9:00 AM

This is the third in our “Real Estate Development 101” series! We hope you will join us in York County for what is sure to be a very interactive session.  Please come to the event prepared to ask questions!

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 November 18 at the Pepperell Mill Campus as a developer, a banker, and an architect walk through the typical process of a development timetable. 

Meet our Panelists:

Bill Kany is Senior Vice President and Director of Legal and Government Affairs at Saco and Biddeford Savings Institution.  Bill handles all legal work for the bank including drafting all commercial loan documents and handling commercial closings.  Bill also deals with title issues, collection issues, personnel matters, compliance and handles all litigation including foreclosures.  Bill also works closely with the Maine Bankers Association on a variety of legislative issues including Maine’s foreclosure laws.  Bill was also general counsel for Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution for 20 years before going in house with SBSI in October of 2010. 

From 1985 to 2010, Bill worked as an attorney in private practice for Smith & Elliott focusing on real estate law, business entities, estate planning, land use and business transactions.  A lifelong resident of Saco, Bill graduated from Thornton Academy, Dartmouth College and the University of Maine School of Law.  He also clerked for the Honorable Thomas Lydon, United States Claims Court in Washington, D.C.

Rob Tillotson, Founder and President of Oak Point Associates, maintains a distinguished résumé of successful projects and satisfied clients.  As both an architect and an engineer, he has led the firm on multi-disciplined projects for federal agencies such as the U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and U.S. Department of the Interior- Fish & Wildlife Service, as well as universities and schools, state agencies, municipalities, and the private sector.

He has completed post-graduate studies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and Graduate School of Education in the following coursework: Office Design, Public School Planning & Design, Dormitory Design, Theater Design, and Learning Environments for Tomorrow: Next Practices for Architects and Educators.  He has also completed additional post-graduate study at the University of New Hampshire and Southern New Hampshire University. He is the President-elect of AIA Maine, serves on the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education, and is on the Industry Advisory Board for College of Engineering and Physical Science at the University of New Hampshire.

Doug Sanford has been developing commercial real estate and providing construction services in the Biddeford – Saco area for more than 30 years. His latest and most significant project is the redevelopment of the Pepperell Mill Campus. The former textile mill consists of 1.1 million square feet of high quality building stock, spread over a 16 acre site, located in the center of downtown Biddeford.  Sanford’s primary goal has been to create a cohesive mixed use development. This involves the pursuit of finding the right balance of complimentary commercial uses, interspersed with various residential uses. To date, approximately 350,000 sf of space has been built out and leased up (100 market apartments and 210,000 sf of commercial space).

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