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 as a family carpentry business in 1870, Gilbane has active participation from the 4th, 5th and 6th generations. Concentrating in select markets throughout North America, as well as internationally, Gilbane has more than 45 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 United States and Europe and invests in lifestyle hotel companies.
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), Exclusive Resorts and Concord Hospitality Enterprises.
Richard K. Allen has an extensive engineering and construction background with strong North American industry knowledge coupled with construction-industry legal experience. He is the former chief operating officer for Stantec Inc.’s global operations—now a $4 billion, 22,000-employee international design and consulting professional services firm. Mr. Allen’s leadership at Stantec focused on the aggressive growth and profitable operations of Stantec’s global-wide locations. Before serving as Stantec’s COO, Mr. Allen was their east regional operating leader responsible for that unit’s financial performance while actively involved in the company’s U.S. operations acquisition and integration programs, strategic planning, budgeting and project contract and dispute resolution activities.
Mr. Allen was the past president and CEO of Dufresne-Henry, Inc. a New England-, New York- and Florida-based consulting engineering firm. He led Dufresne Henry through its ownership transition and later that company’s sale to Stantec in 2006.
An attorney and a construction dispute arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, Mr. Allen’s was a former general partner at Gadsby Hannah, LLP (now McCarter English LLP) serving as chairperson of the design and construction law practice with a concentration on litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution as well as transactional advisory services to the design and construction industry. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Allen worked for consulting engineering firms as a project engineer and manager on numerous public work-related projects throughout New England and the Pacific Northwest.
Mr. Allen is a registered professional engineer in several states in the U.S. He earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle after completing graduate research at McGill University in Montreal. He also has a law degree from the University of New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce Law Center and is a member of the bar in several states and has appeared before state, federal and appellate courts.
As president and chief executive officer of Gilbane Development Company, Edward T. Broderick is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and overseeing day-to-day operations, new development opportunities, acquisitions, financing and project leadership while fostering consistent performance and customer satisfaction.
Mr. Broderick has more than 35 years of experience in the real estate development and construction industries and has held numerous leadership roles at Gilbane. In his former role as chief operating officer of Gilbane Development Company, he oversaw the growth of the company’s multi-family and mixed-use portfolio and geographic expansion totaling more than $7 billion of development.
Mr. Broderick earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College, a Master in Business Administration from Providence College and completed the Executive MBA program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a director of Gilbane Development Company and a member of its Executive Committee. Mr. Broderick is a past president and former board member of the Narragansett Council Boy Scouts of America, currently serving on their New England Region board. He is actively involved with Urban Land Institute, YMCA and Catholic Relief Services; and is a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of The United Way.
Robert L. Dixon, Jr. is the owner of The RD Factor, Inc., a digital and information technology consulting business. He has more than 40 years of experience leading business teams. During his career, he influenced the direction of two of the world’s most iconic organizations—PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble. As senior vice president and the longest tenured chief information officer in PepsiCo’s history, Robert oversaw the delivery of their information technology and risk management solutions worldwide. He unlocked over $1 billion in business improvements, drove critical cyber security investments and also led one of PepsiCo’s largest business transformation programs.
Previously, Robert spent three decades with Procter & Gamble where he founded the company’s SAP Global Center of Expertise, integrating multiple systems into a single SAP platform. His extensive experience as a global business leader in information technology, marketing and corporate governance brings valuable insight to Gilbane’s business growth.
Robert is an independent director of Anthem, Inc., Build-a-Bear Workshop, Inc. and Okta, Inc. An active leader in business, academic and civic communities, he serves on advisory boards and industry groups and is a trustee of his alma mater, the President’s Advisory Board and College of Computing Advisory Board. He has received numerous recognitions for his contributions, including Fellow – Information Technology Senior Management Forum, College of Engineering Hall of Fame and Distinguished Engineering Alumni. Robert received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology.
John R. Galvin is the president and CEO of AAA Northeast. He joined the Club in February 2015 as executive vice president and serves on several AAA National committees including chairing the Membership Business Committee. Previously, he was the chief financial officer and a director of Collette Vacations, an escorted tour operator with operations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Galvin began his career as a certified public accountant and audit manager with KPMG in Providence. He is active in the local community and serves as treasurer on the Meeting Street board. He is also a board member of Crossroads Rhode Island, serves on the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) and is a member of the Bryant College of Business Dean’s Council.
Mr. Galvin earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Master of Business Administration from Bryant University and has completed the Owner/President Management (OPM) educational program at the Harvard Business School.
Robert V. Gilbane is chairman 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 $7 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.
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 1870. Mr. Gilbane sets the strategy and goals for Gilbane, Inc. in collaboration with the board of directors and directs the organization’s growth through acquisitions or investments. He has been the driving force behind Gilbane Building Company’s expansion in the U.S. and internationally.
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 a strong family culture and commitment to ensuring the highest standards on safety and ethics. 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 wellness.
For six years, Mr. Gilbane was the chairman of the ACE Mentor Program of America and continues to serve on its Executive Committee. He is currently a member of the National Academy of Construction; a member and former chairman of the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT); a board director for the family-owned energy industry company, Ergon, Inc.; and serves on the board of advisors for the Institute for Family Entrepreneurship (IFE) at Babson College.
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. Mr. Gilbane earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Babson College and a Certificate in Building Construction from the Rhode Island School of Design. He attended Brown University for three years studying liberal arts 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 L.L.C. (Rockpoint), a private global real estate investment management firm based in Boston with additional offices in United States, Europe and Asia.
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, Mr. Gilbane 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, a board member of Brown University Sports Foundation and actively involved with Boston Children’s Hospital and the Boys and Girls Club of America.
William J. Gilbane III, a fifth-generation Gilbane family member, is the former senior vice president of the New York Division of Gilbane Building Company. He began his career with Gilbane in 2003, working in multiple roles in the company that included projects located in Newark, N.J.; District of Columbia; and Brooklyn, N.Y.
As a senior vice president, Mr. Gilbane was responsible for sales, operations and client relations for Gilbane’s New York and New Jersey Division from 2012-2019. During his tenure, the division experienced significant organic and acquisitive growth, expanded its geographic presence and increased market share in the high-rise residential, healthcare, cultural and commercial segments. The New York City operation of Gilbane has been named “New York Contractor of the Year” by Engineering News Record and has repeatedly been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work” in New York City by Crain’s New York Business.
A graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Mr. Gilbane also has a Master of Science in Construction Management from New York University. He serves on the boards of Housing Works, the Real Estate Board of New York, New York Building Congress and is a Trustee for the Citizens Budget Commission and a member of the Young Presidents Organization. In addition, he has served on the Everson Museum of Art, Construction Management Association of America and ACE Mentor of New York Boards.
Christie B. Kelly is the former executive vice president and global chief financial officer for Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL), a professional services company providing commercial real estate and investment management services worldwide. During her tenure, the firm’s revenue doubled through organic growth and 70 acquisitions. She also achieved sustained improvement in JLL’s investment-grade balance sheet and steered major technology enhancements in the global finance platform. Christie retired from her position with JLL in 2018.
With over 35 years of global financial and real estate experience, Christie’s career began in the financial management program with General Electric (GE). Her experience at GE spanned over 24 years and included executive leadership positions for supply chain management for GE Capital Technology Solutions, global quality oversight as a Six Sigma leader for GE Capital Fleet Services, as well as directorship for business development and mergers and acquisitions for GE Real Estate. After leaving GE, she joined Lehman Brothers as senior vice president of their global real estate group and subsequently served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Duke Realty Corporation before joining JLL.
Christie obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She currently holds board positions with Park Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: PK), Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE:KRG) and Realty Income Corporation (NYSE: O). Her community involvement experience includes serving on the board of directors of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, a non-profit, professional theater company located at Navy Pier in Chicago.
Frank T. MacInnis is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Connecticut-based EMCOR Group, Inc., formerly JWP, Inc., a Fortune 500® company and global leader in mechanical and electrical construction services, industrial and energy infrastructure and building services. He 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. Frank also served as chairman of the board of ITT Inc., a high-tech engineering and manufacturing company. Currently, he is chairman of the board at ComNet Communications, LLC, a provider of turnkey voice, data and video infrastructure; a director of Argus Machine Co. Ltd., a leading machining, engineering and design company in Canada; and a University Court member for the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
A 30-plus year veteran in the international construction and facilities industry, Frank 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 as EMCOR Group, where he served as chairman for 20 years. His qualifications include industry, financial, corporate governance, legal and compensation experience.
Frank 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 is president and chief executive officer of Gilbane Building Company. Mr. McKelvy joined the company in 2014 and has been instrumental in developing and executing the company’s annual business plan in support of Gilbane’s strategic growth. His focused leadership techniques and strategic vision have strengthened the company’s position with continued profitability and growth.
He has spent his entire career in the architecture and construction industry and brings a broad-based background in both domestic and international markets, as well as vertical and horizontal construction. He has expertise in a variety of delivery methods including design-build and in a wide range of market segments—many that parallel to Gilbane’s current markets and others that present opportunities for future expansion.
Prior to joining Gilbane, Mr. McKelvy was the chief delivery officer (CDO) of CH2M HILL. He also served as executive vice president of the firm’s federal deliveries. In his role as CDO, he was responsible for profit/loss and deliveries for all domestic and global regions and served as director of corporate risk, safety, security, procurement, project controls, design and quality.
Mr. McKelvy is a member of multiple professional societies and organizations and is currently serving on the board of directors for RPS Group PLC, a leading global professional services firm. He is chairman of the board of trustees for Meeting Street, a Rhode-Island based school where children of all abilities strive.
An active supporter and promoter of inclusion and diversity in the construction industry, Mr. McKelvy was awarded the Gene Washington Champion of Champions Award by the National Society of Black Engineers in 2013 and the SEEK Award in 2014 for his support of summer engineering camps for African American and Hispanic Children.
Mr. McKelvy holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental design from Oklahoma University, a Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana Tech University and is a registered architect in 16 U.S. states.
Jane E. “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 President George H.W. Bush. During the administration of President Ronald Reagan, Bonnie 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, she is a former trustee at Exeter Hospital, was a founding director of the Lumina Foundation for Education and was vice chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. She served as chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors and is a former director of NYNEX Corporation and Markem Corporation.
Bonnie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from St. Joseph’s College of Maine and a master’s of education degree in higher education administration from The Pennsylvania State University. She has honorary degrees from the University of New Hampshire, Rivier College, Notre Dame College, Keene State College, St. Joseph’s College of Maine and Southern New Hampshire University, formerly New Hampshire College.
William Robert Chapman Tresham is the founder and leader of RittenVest Inc., a Montreal-based real estate investment, advisory and asset management firm established in 2018. RittenVest provides capital, strategic vision and operational support to many of the world’s largest institutional real estate investors with a dedicated commitment to transitioning under-managed entitles to high-performing ones.
With his expertise in investment strategy, asset management and governance, Bill has spent more than three decades running public and private global real estate companies. Prior to RittenVest Inc., he served as president at Ivanhoe Cambridge, the tenth largest real estate investing group in the world that grew from $30 million to $60 billion in assets under his management tenure. Throughout his career, Bill has facilitated transformational growth at multiple firms including Callahan Capital Partners and Trizec Properties, where he held the chief operating officer position at both companies.
An honors graduate from both Princeton and McGill, Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Princeton University and a law degree from McGill University. Mr. Tresham played professional hockey in Renon, Italy, prior to entering the real estate industry.
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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