Gilbane, Inc., headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, is one of the largest privately held family-owned construction and real estate development firms in the industry. Founded in 1873, Gilbane has active participation from the 4th, 5th and 6th generations. Concentrating in select markets throughout North America, as well as internationally, Gilbane has 46 office locations around the world, as an industry leader in construction and real estate development.
With several billion square feet of successful project completions to our credit, including some of the most complex assignments, we have demonstrated time and time again our expertise in turning the most challenging situations into successfully completed buildings. We strive to bring our core values, expertise and integrated client-focused team approach as we deliver value in each of our projects in streamlined process.
Glyn F. Aeppel is the President, CEO and Founder of Glencove Capital, a hotel investment and advisory company that acquires, develops, restructures and rebrands independent lifestyle hotels in major markets in the U.S. and Europe. A strategic real estate hospitality investor, Ms. Aeppel‘s acquisition and development career began as a Senior Finance Analyst with Marriott, structuring their debt and equity investments. She later joined Holiday Inn as their Director of Development for Germany, Austria, Central and Eastern Europe, gaining knowledge and experience in handling the development of complex real estate situations.
Her numerous executive leadership roles with Interstate Hotels Company, Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Loews Hotels and Andre Balazs Properties have provided her a wealth of knowledge and experience in branding, financing, developing and managing in the real estate and hospitality business, as well as insight gained from overseeing numerous real estate investments, acquisitions and dispositions.
Ms. Aeppel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, and earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on International Business and Finance from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She currently holds Board positions with Simon Property Group (NYSE:SPG), AvalonBay Communities (NYSE:AVB), and Exclusive Resorts, and is an Advisor to Mosaic Real Estate Investors. She is a former Board member of Sunrise Senior Living and the Women’s Forum Inc.-New York City.
Richard K. Allen is the former Chief Operating Officer for Stantec Inc.’s global operations. Stantec is a $4 billion, 22,000-employee international professional services company in the design and consulting industry. Mr. Allen’s leadership at Stantec focused on the aggressive growth and profitable operations of their 400 global-wide locations. Prior to his COO role, Mr. Allen served as Stantec’s Regional Operating Unit Leader responsible for operations’ financial performance and actively involved in their acquisition and integration programs, strategic planning, budgeting and project contract and dispute resolution activities.
As former President and CEO of Dufresne-Henry, Inc., Mr. Allen led their major growth initiative in the Northeast region and later the sale of that company to Stantec in 2005 — transitioning into his COO role. Prior to joining Dufresne-Henry, he was a general partner at the Boston and Washington D.C. based law firm of Gadsby Hannah, LLP serving as the chairperson of their design and construction law practice. Mr. Allen has an expansive engineering and construction background with strong North American industry knowledge coupled with extensive construction-industry legal experience.
A registered professional engineer in numerous U.S. states, Mr. Allen earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle after completing graduate research at McGill University in Montreal. He also earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire and is a member of the bar’s numerous state, federal and appellate courts. Richard is a construction dispute arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers.
Franz F. Colloredo-Mansfeld is chief executive officer and co-founder of Cabot Properties. As CEO, Cabot has raised five private equity funds, committed approximately $4.6 billion in total capital and completed more than 300 transactions in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Prior to this, he served as chief financial officer of Cabot Industrial Trust.
Before joining Cabot, Mr. Colloredo-Mansfeld was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company Inc. Previous to this, he worked in Germany for the Deutsche Bank real estate investment group, was a Robert Bosch Fellow at the German Central Bank (Bundesbank) in Frankfurt and a former investment banker with Merrill Lynch & Co, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions in New York, London and Tokyo.
A graduate of Harvard College with a degree in history, he received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
John P. Fowler is a co-founder executive managing director at Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP and HFF Inc. where he oversees major commercial financing, equity and sales transactions. Over the past 30 years, John has successfully completed close to 900 real estate transactions valued at more than $48 billion.
His career began in 1968 at the Real Estate Department of John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company. He then joined a New England-based mortgage banking and development company in 1972. In 1974, John formed Fowler, Goedecke & Co., a predecessor to Fowler Goedecke Ellis & O’Connor, Inc., which merged into HFF in 1998. He currently serves as vice chairman emeritus of HFF Inc. and has been its director emeritus since 2012.
John is an active member of Urban Land Institute, Real Estate Finance Association, Mortgage Bankers Association, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, and Artery Business Committee. He is also a member of the board of trustees at the Roxbury Latin School.
John Galvin is executive vice president of AAA Northeast and the former chief financial officer for Collette Vacations, previously serving on their executive committee and board of directors. He began his career at KPMG and is a longtime member of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants (RISCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He later joined Paramount Cards as their first director of strategic planning, then served as their assistant vice president.
Mr. Galvin is an active community member and serves on the board of Care New England. He is also on the board for Meeting Street Center and a past member of the board of directors for the United States Tour Operators Association. He also served on the board of Engage RI, the Providence Boys and Girls Club and was the finance committee chair for Tourism Cares.
Mr. Galvin holds a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MBA from Bryant University and has completed the OPM Executive Education program at the Harvard Business School.
Thomas F. Gilbane, Jr. is chairman and chief executive officer of Gilbane, Inc. and chairman of Gilbane Building Company. He is the seventh family member to lead the company since its start in 1873. He is committed to aligning the organization’s strategies and goals in collaboration with the Board of Directors while promoting the company’s continued growth. He is credited with being a driving force behind Gilbane Building Company’s expansion beyond the U.S. domestic market.
Mr. Gilbane joined Gilbane Building Company in 1970 and has served in numerous field and office positions. Under his guidance, Gilbane operates with a “one company” philosophy that maximizes the organization’s resources and expertise on projects and business pursuits. His leadership exemplifies strong family culture and values advocating a continued commitment to ensuring the highest standards on safety, ethics and core values. In 2014, he was the recipient of the National Safety Council’s ‘CEOs Who Get It’ that recognized his personal pledge to worker safety and health.
Mr. Gilbane is chairman of the ACE Mentor Program of America and a Babson College trustee. He is a member of the National Academy of Construction and the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT). A graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Business’ Advanced Management Program, he earned a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in civil engineering while majoring in project management. He received a BSBA in Business Management at Babson College and has a certificate in Building Construction from the Rhode Island School of Design. Mr. Gilbane attended Brown University for three years and served six years in the Army National Guard’s Engineer Battalion as a 2nd Lieutenant.
Thomas F. Gilbane III is a managing member of Rockpoint Group LLC, a global real estate investment management firm. In 1999, Mr. Gilbane joined Rockpoint’s predecessor, Westbrook Real Estate Partners (“WREP”), with a concentration on their Eastern United States and European investment and asset management activities. Prior to joining WREP, he worked in Merrill Lynch’s Real Estate Investment Banking Group.
A graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Mr. Gilbane is chairman of the board of Overseers for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and is actively involved with Boston Children’s Hospital.
William J. Gilbane, Jr. is vice chairman of Gilbane Building Company and vice president of Gilbane, Inc. A leader in the company’s focus on exceeding client expectations and achieving operational excellence, he has served in numerous roles and leadership capacities during his 47-year tenure.
As former president and COO, he was a driving force behind the company’s growth plans and had the executive responsibility for developing and fostering employee development through Gilbane University, an immersive training platform recognized by Training Magazine as one of the top learning organizations in the construction industry.
Mr. Gilbane holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brown University. He is a current member of the Irish Famine Memorial Committee and the President’s Roundtable for the Rochester Institute of Technology and also serves on the board for the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society.
Robert V. Gilbane is chairman and chief executive officer of Gilbane Development Company and vice president of Gilbane, Inc. Since 1973, Mr. Gilbane has been responsible for the overall strategic direction and profitability of Gilbane Development Company developing in excess of $5 billion in real estate projects. Completed projects include more than 50 million square feet in a wide range of best-in-class/build-to-suit, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), award-winning residential communities, mixed-use facilities, market rate and purpose built student housing developments, and affordable properties.
A current member of the Urban Land Institute, he is a past chairman and former member of the executive committee for the Providence Foundation, as well as past chairman for the Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
A graduate of Brown University, Mr. Gilbane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Civilization.
Frank T. MacInnis is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Connecticut-based EMCOR Group, Inc., a Fortune 500® company and global leader in mechanical and electrical construction services, industrial and energy infrastructure and building services. He also served as a director for 18 years and as chairman of the board for five years at The Williams Companies, a leading energy infrastructure company in North America. Mr. MacInnis is chairman of the board of ITT Corporation, a high-tech engineering and manufacturing company. In addition, he is chairman of the board at ComNet Communications, LLC, a provider of turnkey voice, data and video infrastructure; and a director for Argus Machine, a leading machining, engineering and design company in Canada.
Mr. MacInnis, a 30-plus year veteran in the international construction and facilities industry, began his career in Tehran, Iran as an officer of Paris-based Spie Batignolles S.A. In 1981, he was named chairman and chief executive officer of H.C. Price Construction, a builder of large diameter oil and gas pipelines. After serving for several years as the chairman of Comstock Group Inc., a New York-based construction group, he joined JWP, Inc. and successfully managed its reorganization and served as chairman for 20 years. His qualifications include industry, financial, corporate governance, legal and compensation experience.
Mr. MacInnis received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Alberta and is a graduate of The University of Alberta Law School located in Alberta, Canada.
Michael E. McKelvy joined Gilbane Building Company in 2014 as President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2016, his role was elevated to President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Gilbane, he was Chief Delivery Officer at CH2M HILL and for over 27 years served in a variety of senior executive roles and assignments around the world. His career focus is in architecture and construction with a broad-based background in both domestic and international markets, as well as vertical and horizontal construction. He has construction experience worldwide in more than 20 countries and expertise in a variety of delivery methods.
Mr. McKelvy served for seven years on the CH2M HILL, Inc. Board of Directors on the Executive, Audit, Governance and the Search committees. CH2M HILL, acquired by Jacobs in 2017, was a $6 billion global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations and program and construction management with 26,000 employees. While at CH2M HILL, he served as Chairman of the Board for the CWI, LLC., in Idaho Falls; Chairman of the Board of the CH Plateau Remediation Company (CHP) in Hanford, Washington; and was on the Board for the Professional Services Council (PSC). Both CWI and CHP were enterprises formed to remediate nuclear waste for the Department of Energy.
Mr. McKelvy has over 36 years of experience in design and construction and is a Registered Architect in 16 U.S. states and a certified member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from the University of Oklahoma, a Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana Tech University and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. Mr. McKelvy was elected to Gilbane, Inc.’s Board of Directors in 2017 and is currently Chairman of the Board of Meeting Street in Providence, Rhode Island, a nonprofit school that focuses on children with special needs.
J. Bonnie Newman is chancellor emeritus of the Community College System of New Hampshire. Previously, she served as the interim president of the University of New Hampshire, executive dean at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and as assistant to the president of the United States for Management and Administration for the duration of the presidency of George H.W. Bush. During the administration of President Ronald Reagan, Ms. Newman served as the assistant secretary of commerce for Economic Development and as associate director of the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House.
Currently a director of Exeter Trust Company, Ms Newman is a former trustee at Exeter Hospital and was a founding director at the Lumina Foundation for Education. She served as chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors and as vice chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
Ms. Newman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Joseph’s College of Maine and a Masters of Education degree from The Pennsylvania State University.
Ronald L. Skates is a private investor. He was the president and chief executive officer of Data General Corporation, a computer manufacturer and software development company until it was acquired. Prior to his tenure at Data General he was a partner in the international accounting firm of Price Waterhouse & Co. Ron is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Skates currently serves as a director of Raytheon Company and State Street Corporation. In prior years, he served as a director for a number of public companies. Ron is also an emeritus trustee of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a trustee of The Massachusetts Physicians Organization and a member of Partners HealthCare Systems, Inc.’s oversight committees.
Ron holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College (cum laude) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Paul Choquette, Jr. is vice chairman of Gilbane, Inc., the parent company of Gilbane Building Company and Gilbane Development Company, and a director emeritus on Gilbane, Inc.’s board. The sixth consecutive family member to lead the company since its founding in 1873, Paul is the previous chairman and chief executive officer of Gilbane, Inc. and Gilbane Building Company.
A trustee emeritus of Brown University serving on numerous Brown committees, Mr. Choquette is a former president, director and board member for the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and a past chairman for the New England Council. He was recently named to the advisory board for Teach For America – Rhode Island. He also is a trustee for the Trinity Repertory Company. Paul is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and past president of the Boys Scouts of America’s Northeast Region and continues to serve on the Narragansett Council’s board.
A graduate of Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in English, Mr. Choquette holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Harvard Law School. He has received honorary degrees from Bryant University, Roger Williams University and New England Institute of Technology. An honored member of the Brown University Hall of Fame and the Providence Gridiron Club Hall of Fame, Paul received the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award in 1985 and the Distinguished American Award from the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Football Foundation in 1991.
Our camaraderie and team sentiment is rooted in our family history. There are more than a century of lessons learned incorporated into everything we do. We’ve built and developed millions of square feet of facilities throughout the United States and internationally. This history gives us the insight and experience necessary to deliver maximum value in all construction and real estate development projects for clients.
We have active participation from multiple generations at both the Building Company and Development Company. Thomas F. Gilbane Jr. is chairman and CEO of Gilbane, Inc. and chairman of Gilbane Building Company. William J. Gilbane Jr. is vice president of Gilbane, Inc. and vice chairman of Gilbane Building Company and Robert V. Gilbane is chairman and CEO of Gilbane Development Company and vice president of Gilbane, Inc. Paul J. Choquette Jr., son of third-generation family member Virginia Gilbane Choquette, is vice chairman of Gilbane, Inc.
Gilbane is the builder and developer of some of the most highly visible projects domestically and internationally. With a global footprint of 46 office locations around the world and the resources of more than 2,600 people, we are motivated by a commitment to quality and excellence with a determined effort to exceed client expectations.
Gilbane Building Company is one of the nation’s oldest construction companies and is recognized as a leader in the industry. Our vision to be the premier company serving a full spectrum of facility needs to our clients and opportunities for our employees remains steadfast, as does our dedication to core values. We are a leading building firm, providing full construction and facilities-related services from sustainable building to the latest in construction technology for clients across various markets.
Gilbane Development Company is the real estate development, investment and property management arm of Gilbane, Inc. We’ve been creating and implementing successful real estate programs for public, private and non-profit clients throughout the United States for four decades. Our goal is to serve as a single resource for navigating the tangled web of variables associated with real estate development, construction, financing, operations, and management.
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