|Ernest N. Agresti, Jr. (Vice President-Administration)
Rhode Island native, Ernest Agresti graduated in 1987 from
Brown University with a degree in Business Economics and Urban
Studies. He has been active in real estate since graduating
and held management positions with two northern New England
development and management firms prior to joining Cummings
Properties in 1991.
He began his career at Cummings
Properties as a property manager, was promoted to division
manager in 1996 and operations manager of the core division
in 1998. In September 1999 he was appointed director of operations
and in July 2002, Ernest was promoted to vice president -
operations where he oversaw the majority of the companys
existing client relationships and property management activities.
Since May 2007, Ernest has served as vice president - administration,
the company's most senior administrative executive, managing
the internal workings of the company and he has primary responsibility
for the sign-off and execution of all commercial lease transactions
and company payables.
Currently a member of the
Swampscott Yacht Club, Ernest is an avid sailor and snow skier.
He has been racing sailboats since he was 10 years old and
has served on the Friends of Swampscott Sailing Board of Directors,
a non-profit organization that promotes youth sailing. He
is a former Big Brother, member of the Community Substance
Abuse Center's Community Advisory Committee, a competitive
squash player and youth soccer coach. He and his wife, Jennifer,
live in Swampscott with their sons, Nicholas and Joseph, and
twin daughters, Samantha and Michela.
|Greg Ahearn (General Field Superintendent)
with three division managers, Greg
Ahearn began supervising all of Cummings Properties' maintenance
and construction activities in September 2007. Greg is a licensed
master plumber, who has been with the Firm since 1992.
As field superintendent, Greg
took over direct line responsibility for more than 200 regular
full-time employees with a vast array of maintenance, construction,
and custodial skills. He is also indirectly responsible for
the work of hundreds of subcontractor employees who work daily
in and around the Company's 10 million square feet of commercial
buildings in the northern and western suburbs of Boston. He
also supervised the completion of the largest spec office
building on the east coast - TradeCenter 128.
A longtime Woburnite and graduate
of Woburn High School, Greg and his wife, Kris, have two school-aged
sons, Kyle and Ethan. In their spare time, the Ahearns especially
enjoy trips to York, Maine, where Greg spends as much time
as possible on their boat, and prides himself on his many
|Eric S. Anderson (Vice President-Leasing
1998 graduate of Colby College, Eric
Anderson joined Cummings Properties in 1999. He began
at Cummings Center in Beverly as an associate property manager
and has since served in a variety of positions of increasing
As Vice President-Leasing and
Operations, Eric oversees all leasing and property management
activity for the Company's 10 million square foot portfolio
of office, research, medical, laboratory, and flex space in
10 communities surrounding Boston, excluding only Cummings
Center in Beverly.
This portfolio includes Cummings'
largest construction project, TradeCenter 128 in Woburn. Cummings
recently built a 550,000 square foot office building and 1,000-car
parking garage, directly adjacent to Routes 128 and Interstate
In addition to his work at Cummings
Properties, Anderson is a Veteran, having served in the United
States Marine Corps, most recently in Iraq. He is a member
of the Board of Overseers at Tufts University's School of
Veterinary Medicine, and the founder of Massachusetts Association
of Business Incubators. He is also president of Beacon Grille,
an independent fine dining restaurant located at TradeCenter
128, and vice president and treasurer of New Horizons at Marlborough,
a not-for-profit independent and assisted living facility
Eric and his wife Kari live in
Westford, Massachusetts with their two children.
|Dennis A. Clarke (President and CEO)
in 1968, Dennis Clarke grew up in Winchester and graduated
from Winchester High School, and then Harvard University,
in 1990. He served as a licensed commercial insurance broker
for a subsidiary of London-based Jardine-Matheson, and then
as a marketing coordinator for Gordon Brothers Partners, Inc.
In 1992 he became general manager of a local newspaper chain,
Community Weeklies, Inc., which was under Cummings Properties'
In 1996 Dennis left the Fidelity
organization, which purchased the newspaper group, and returned
to Cummings Properties, LLC as its operations manager. He
became vice president-operations in November 1996 and co-president
in 1999. He was elected president and chief executive officer
in November 2004.
Dennis has been actively involved
in both the Woburn and Winchester communities as a director
of Winchester Chamber of Commerce, director of Woburn Business
Association, trustee of Cummings Foundation, and a corporator
of Winchester Hospital. He is married to Alicia (Angeles),
also a Winchester native, and they have three young sons and
one young daughter. A former athlete, Dennis was a New England
Golden Gloves boxing champion and a Boston Globe Football
(Vice President - Cummings Center General Manager)
native of New York City, Stephen J. Drohosky earned a Bachelors
degree from University of Pennsylvania in 1988, where he studied
economics and ran hurdles with the Varsity Track & Field
Team. After college, he spent two years learning the commercial
banking industry with Marine Midland Bank (now HSBC).
Later, he earned a law degree,
with honors, from Albany Law School/Union University in Albany,
New York. In the Boston area, his law practice focused on
corporate law, commercial litigation, debtor and creditor
rights and bankruptcy. Steve came to Cummings Properties
in 1997 as Litigation Counsel and handled all of the company's
litigation matters for several years.
Thereafter, he took his business
and legal experience to the role of Operations Manager at
Cummings where he oversaw the firm's Core Division, which
handles all tenant matters for Cummings' Woburn-based clients.
From there, Steve was promoted to Director of Operations
and in that role was responsible for all tenant matters, client
relationships and leases in all 70 Cummings' buildings, excluding
only Cummings Center.
Effective October 1, 2005,
Steve was appointed vice president of Cummings Properties
and general manager of the 2 million square foot Cummings
Center Office and Research Park in Beverly, Massachusetts.
He is responsible for all daily operations at Cummings' largest
facility, which is home to more than 550 tenant firms in seven buildings on a nearly 80-area campus. Steve is also responsible for over seeing 50 Dunham Road in Beverly, a commercial parcel recently acquaired by Cummings with an existing 100,000 square foot building and 54 acres of land for future development.
Steve is an avid cyclist,
skier and outdoorsman. He resides in rural Boxford, Massachusetts
with his wife, Sandy, and their two daughters.
|William F. Grant (Chief Financial Officer)
Grant grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and received his
undergraduate degree in accounting in 1972 and masters in
accounting in 1977 from Bentley College. He also attended
the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School
in 1989. Prior to joining Cummings Properties in May 1998,
Bill held several senior management positions at Tweeter,
etc. from 1982 to 1989, and was Chief Financial Officer at
Rich's department stores from 1989 to 1998.
Previously active in town
youth sports, Bill was a member of the executive committee
of the Merrimack Valley Pirates Swim Team, and also served
as that organization's treasurer for three years. Currently
Bill resides in Andover with his wife, Kathy, of 34 years.
They have two adult children, Tracie and Keith.
|Craig J. Ziady (General Counsel)
long-time Winchester resident, Craig
J. Ziady was born and raised in Andover, Massachusetts,
where he lived until graduating from Bates College in 1989
with honors in English. Following apprenticeships with the
United States Attorney's Office and the United States Army
Corps of Engineers, and a summer program in which he taught
public speaking and rhetoric at New College, Oxford University,
Craig received his law degree, cum laude, from Boston College
Law School in 1993.
He practiced for three years
in a small Boston law firm, then joined Riemer & Braunstein,
LLP, a 75-lawyer firm based in Boston, where he was a senior
partner in the firm's litigation department, specializing
in real estate and environmental matters. While there, Craig
obtained extensive trial and appellate experience and was
counsel in numerous reported decisions. He was trial counsel
in a five-week jury trial on behalf of a landowner who sustained
permanent property damage by contamination, resulting in a
$16.5 million verdict (the second highest reported verdict
that year, as reported in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly).
After joining Cummings Properties
as deputy general counsel, Craig became general counsel in
2007. He is a member of the Boston, Massachusetts, and American
Bar Associations, as well as the Licensed Site Professional
Association. His bar admissions include Massachusetts, the
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts,
the United States Court of Appeals for the First and Third
Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.
Craig and his wife, Joan, who
is also an attorney, are actively involved with their four
children in Winchester's youth sports programs, where he serves
as a baseball and ice hockey coach. He is also president of
the Alumni Association and a trustee at Brooks School in North
|William S. Cummings (Founder)
Born in Somerville, Massachusetts in 1937, Bill Cummings grew up in nearby Medford, where he attended public schools and, in 1958, graduated from Tufts University. Bill was thereafter employed in sales and marketing positions with Vick Chemical Company (Vaporub, etc.) of Greensboro, North Carolina, and Gortons of Gloucester, Inc. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Subsequently, Bill acquired, built up, and sold a well established Medford firm, Old Medford Foods.
Since 1970, Bill has been very successful in buying, building, and managing commercial real estate in eastern Massachusetts. The firm he founded, Cummings Properties, has built or restored dozens of large and very large structures, totaling 10 million square feet. Based in Woburn, Cummings Properties currently provides business homes for more than 2,000 Massachusetts businesses and organizations.
Bill and his wife, Joyce, are the founders of Cummings Foundation, Inc. as well as New Horizons not-for-profit assisted and independent living communities in Woburn and Marlborough. These communities currently provide homes for more than 500 seniors.
Bill served 10 years as a charter trustee of Tufts University, and is a former overseer of Tufts Medical School and director of Winchester Hospital. He is also the founder and former publisher of three community newspapers: the Woburn Advocate, Stoneham Sun, and Winchester Town Crier. Bill is a trustee emeritus of Tufts University, and was chairman of Tufts' property-holding corporation (Walnut Hill Properties), as well as a bank director, and elected member and chairman of the Winchester Planning Board. He has worked as a licensed real estate broker, a licensed auctioneer, and even a Massachusetts Justice of the Peace. Bill's other outside activities include many philanthropic involvements, and several decades as a director and honorary director of Woburn Boys and Girls Club, Inc.
Bill was named 1998 Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year for New England by Ernst & Young, LLP, and was awarded Tufts University's Distinguished Service Award "for service to Tufts, his community and his profession." His firm's restoration of the historic United Shoe Machinery Corp. complex in Beverly was the subject of a very laudatory October 2, 1997 feature story in The Wall Street Journal by Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable.
Bill was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree by Tufts University in May 2006, and was named one of the 50 most influential Bostonians by the Boston Business Journal in 2011 and 2012. A former director of Winchester Country Club, he is a golfer, avid ocean sailor, and licensed Scuba diver.
In May 2011, Bill and Joyce became the first Massachusetts residents to join "The Giving Pledge," a national philanthropic organization founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet. Later that year, they were named runners-up in the Boston Globe's annual "Bostonian of the Year" selection.
Bill and Joyce particularly enjoy spending time together with their four children and their grandchildren, and traveling extensively around the world.