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.
John P. Fowler was a co-founder and executive managing director at Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP and HFF Inc. overseeing major commercial financing, equity and sales transactions prior to HFF Inc.’s sale to JLL in July 2019. In his current role, he will continue to serve on JLL’s Capital Markets Executive Committee and will oversee the Boston office activities. During the past 40 years, he has successfully completed close to 900 real estate transactions valued at more than $88 billion.
Mr. Fowler’s career began in 1968 at John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company’s real estate department. He then joined a New England-based mortgage banking and development company. In 1974, he formed Fowler, Goedecke & Co., a predecessor to Fowler Goedecke Ellis & O’Connor, Inc., which merged into HFF in 1998. Mr. Fowler currently serves as vice chairman emeritus of HFF Inc. and has been its director emeritus since 2012.
He is a current and active member of Urban Land Institute, Real Estate Finance Association, Mortgage Bankers Association, International Council of Shopping Centers, and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. Previously and for the past ten years, Mr. Fowler was a member of the board of trustees at the Roxbury Latin School.
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.
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, Jr. is vice chairman of Gilbane Building Company and vice president of Gilbane, Inc. As former president and chief operating officer, he was responsible for Gilbane Building Company’s sales and operations. His passion for culture and people development inspired him to create and grow Gilbane University, an immersive training platform recognized by Training Magazine as one of the top learning organizations.
Mr. Gilbane was awarded the Engineering News Record (ENR) Newsmaker Award of Excellence in 2007 for his achievements in leading the drive for continuous improvement in customer satisfaction. To continue his family’s legacy of exceeding expectations, he created several quality-driven systems to spur continuous improvement. In 2017, he was recognized with a Legacy Award from ENR New England honoring his lifetime of service, both to the architect/engineering/construction profession and the community.
Mr. Gilbane holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brown University. He is a member of the Irish Famine Memorial Committee and the President’s Roundtable for the Rochester Institute of Technology and serves on the board for the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society. He is a past member of the University of Rhode Island Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Council, the Board of Overseers of Roger Williams University, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Advisory Committee for the NCAA Hockey Championship. Mr. Gilbane is a past chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Rhode Island and a former board member for Professional Facilities Management and Salve Regina University.
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.
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. She recently retired from her position with JLL in 2018.
With over 35 years of global financial and real estate experience, Ms. Kelly’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 the global real estate group and subsequently served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Duke Realty Corporation before joining JLL.
Ms. Kelly holds 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) and Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE:KRG). 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, Illinois.
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.
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 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 Inc., 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.
A 30-plus year veteran in the international construction and facilities industry, Mr. MacInnis 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.
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 President 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, she 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.
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, Mr. Choquette 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, he is a former president, director and board member for the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and a past chairman for the New England Council. Mr. Choquette was recently named to the advisory board for Teach for America – Rhode Island. He 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. He also is a trustee for the Trinity Repertory Company.
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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