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Overcoming Fear Of Rejection, Designing Off The Grid

Overcoming Fear Of Rejection, Designing Off The Grid

Architect Mark Simon began designing homes with an eye for sustainability long before the term came into vogue. More than four decades later, he’s incorporating the latest energy-saving strategies into clients’ projects. Simon is one of four partners at Centerbook Architects, along with James Childress, Chad Floyd and Jefferson Riley. The firm is active in custom home design and commercial, religious and academic projects including a new 216-bed, 87,000-square-foot resident hall at Sacred Heart University that opened last fall.

Getting Down To Business

Getting Down To Business

Like so many others in banking, Anne Cerami says she got into her field mostly by accident, when a recruiter suggested a commercial real estate gig at Shawmut Bank 25 years ago. Since then she’s held a variety of roles, including credit analyst, commercial lender and SBA manager. Now with TD Bank, Cerami is overseeing the addition of several new small business specialists in Massachusetts and Connecticut. She also serves on the advisory board of the microlender Accion.

All About Accessibility

All About Accessibility

Bruce Howell knew from a young age that he would eventually go blind. At 11, he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease for which there is no cure. He retained most of his vision through high school and college and enjoyed a 15-year career in retail banking. But then the community bank in Needham where he’d worked was shuttered by the FDIC during the commercial real estate collapse of the ’90s. Around that time, Howell also became legally blind. The Carroll Center’s independent living program gave him back his sense of agency, he said, and today he works on web accessibility issues at the center, helping businesses make sure their digital assets are accessible to all of their customers.

Another Rookie Year

Another Rookie Year

Jeff Criswell was a starting tackle in the NFL (Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs) for a dozen seasons – more than twice the league average – before retiring in 1998.

An Affinity For Nonprofits

An Affinity For Nonprofits

Jessica McCauley kicked off her accounting career at what was then Price Waterhouse. She worked for five years in the company’s auditing department, working largely with startups and tech companies before taking a hiatus to raise her children. Beers Hamerman offered her the flexibility to balance work and life when she was ready to re-enter the accounting world, and it was there that she developed a specialty working with nonprofits.

Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

Carl Lantz started his professional life as a professional chef, a career he says is one of the few that forces people to work longer, later hours than real estate does.

Different Hats, Different Perspectives

Different Hats, Different Perspectives

When West Hartford attorney Scott Franklin represents clients in real estate matters, he brings added perspectives to the negotiating table beyond his legal background: that of an office building owner familiar with a landlord’s role; the son of a record store chain founder who operated stores from Philadelphia to western Massachusetts; and that of a former town official who’s reviewed development proposals. Outside the office, he’s active as chairman of the town’s bicycle advisory committee, which is working to improve accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists.

On A Mission For Clean Energy

On A Mission For Clean Energy

Bryan Garcia first developed a passion for protecting the environment during his childhood in Southern California, on family summer vacations spent fishing and hiking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Blazing A Trail On The Internet’s Frontier

Blazing A Trail On The Internet’s Frontier

Kim Gifford already had sales experience when she began her real estate career, but in the early 2000s, she knew she had to learn how to market herself online. These days she could hardly be any busier. When she’s not selling houses, she enjoys spending time with her sons, Michael and Peter, and her 8-year-old border collie/golden retriever mix, Oreo. She’s an avid flower gardener and enjoys tennis and long walks – when time allows.