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William J. Beckeman
President & CEO
Bill has 25 years of diverse investment real estate experience as an owner/operator as well as in asset management, brokerage, property management and research functions. He has actively participated in over $1 billion of real estate transactions. Prior to starting Linear Retail, Bill was a partner at Finard & Company, LLC (now known as KeyPoint Partners), a fully-integrated commercial real estate services company. During his 13-year tenure there, he grew the firm’s third-party property management business, launched and managed the firm’s investment brokerage services, and developed the company’s retail research capabilities. He also managed Finard’s corporate marketing activities and served as editor and author of the monthly Finard Retail Review as well as the firm’s market research reports. Before joining Finard & Company, Bill served as an asset manager for John Hancock Properties, responsible for a $400 million commercial real estate portfolio including the 100-story John Hancock Center in Chicago.
He started his professional career as a structural engineer working for Boeing Commercial Airplane Company on the design of the Boeing 757 commercial jet and then moved to Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation where he worked on nuclear power plant structural design and project management.
Bill graduated from MIT’s Sloan School of Management with an M.S. in Management, concentrating in Finance and Real Estate. Additionally, he holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University. He is a former president of BOMA Boston, a licensed Real Estate Broker and Professional Engineer (PE). Bill currently serves on the Downtown Boston Building Improvement District Neighborhood Advisory Board.
Bill is an avid (and occasionally decent) golfer who also has amateur interests in writing, photography, wine and politics. He and his wife enjoy exploring new restaurants in Boston, especially when their two daughters join them.
Aubrey is Partner and head of Acquisitions at Linear Retail. He joined Linear Retail in 2003 and has overseen the acquisitions of all but one of Linear’s purchases.Prior to joining Linear Retail Properties, Aubrey was Vice President at Win Properties, Inc., where he was responsible for the financing, acquisition, and disposition of commercial real estate investments. At Win Properties, he closed $100 million in acquisitions and $100 million in property financing, asset managed a 425-unit apartment portfolio in New York City, and oversaw the corporate risk management program. Previously, he was an Asset Manager at AEW Capital Management and a Real Estate Analyst for Capital Management Resources, a joint venture between AEW Capital Management and Secured Capital.
Aubrey holds an M.S. in Real Estate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Additionally, he has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire and a certificate in Real Estate Finance from Boston University.
Aubrey enjoys spending his free time with his wife and their three children. He likes to run (slowly), having completed three marathons to benefit Lance Armstrong Foundation, Fred’s Team at Sloan Kettering Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Aubrey dreams of owning a boat one day and landing a big tuna.
Joel has worked for 24 years in the commercial real estate industry focusing on retail and office properties primarily in the Greater Boston region. His experience includes leasing, asset management and investment sales.
Before joining Linear Retail, Joel was the Regional Director of Asset Management and Leasing at Wellsford Commercial Properties Trust, Vice President of Portfolio Investments at Atlantic Retail Properties, Asset Manager at Finard & Company and Portfolio Manager/Assistant Vice President at Citicorp Real Estate in New York.
Joel holds an M.B.A degree in Finance from New York University, School of Business and a B.A. in History from Oberlin College. He is a supporter of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston. Joel enjoys spending his free time with his wife and two boys and is an avid cyclist and New England Patriots fan.
Deepa joined Linear Retail in September 2004 as Controller and was named CFO in 2010. As CFO, she is responsible for overseeing all financing, accounting and human resource activities. She most recently has been named Partner, as of December 2011.
Deepa has over 20 years of finance and accounting experience within the real estate and investment industry, recently as Portfolio Controller for MacFarlane Urban Realty Company (MURC) in San Francisco, California. There, she was responsible for the accounting, internal audit and financial reporting operations of their real estate portfolio in excess of $500 million. She also assisted with financing and acquisitions. Prior to joining MURC, she was the Assistant Vice President and Controller at Thornburg Mortgage Inc, a $17 billion mortgage REIT in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Deepa graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Accounting from the University of Madras, India and a masters degree in Finance with high distinction from Bentley College in Massachusetts. She has also completed the Certified Public Accountants Examination from New York State.
Deepa seeks to develop the multi-faceted, well-rounded persona like her colleagues at Linear Retail and to that end; she plans to pursue her athletic, artistic and altruistic interests through her Avatar on Second Life. Until such time, she is content with finding release from life’s everyday pressures with wry humor.
SVP of Asset Management
Jeff is Senior Vice President of Asset Management and joined Linear in 2012. He is responsible for overseeing all of Linear’s asset management and construction departments. Prior to joining Linear, Jeff served as Senior Vice President for LaSalle Investment Management in Chicago with responsibilities including asset management, leasing, development and dispositions with a particular focus on retail and industrial assets. Before LaSalle, Jeff held various roles at Inland Retail Real Estate Trust in Chicago including Vice President of Asset Management. Interestingly, in 2005 while he was working for Inland, he sold Linear a shopping center in Bourne, Massachusetts.
Jeff spends his free time with his wife and entertaining his young son. Moving from Chicago, he is looking forward to many of the great outdoor pursuits Boston has to offer; particularly boating, kayaking, fishing, maybe duck hunting, and learning to ski or snowboard.
Jeff holds a M.B.A. in Real Estate from DePaul University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Elon University. He also hopes to find a Boston area charity to spend some time volunteering.
VP of Acquisitions
Jim joined Linear Retail in early 2004. The first five years of Jim’s time at Linear Retail were spent in acquisitions, where he was involved in the sourcing, underwriting, and closing of over 50 retail properties. After switching to the Asset Management side of the business for three years, Jim has recently moved back to the Acquisitions team.
Before joining Linear Retail, Jim had a broad commercial real estate background, including mortgage banking at Goedecke & Co., senior housing advisory work at Peacock Associates, and analyst positions at PaineWebber Properties and Tishman Real Estate Services. Overall, Jim has over 15 years of real estate experience.
Jim holds a B.A in Government from St. Lawrence University and an M.B.A with a concentration in Finance from the William E. Simon School at the University of Rochester. Additionally he has completed real estate coursework at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
When Jim isn’t looking for properties to purchase, he is in the mountains somewhere with his wife and four boys. He likes to spend whatever spare time is left skiing, biking, kayaking, camping, playing golf…anything in the outdoors. As part of his outdoor pursuits, Jim has raised almost $30,000 for the Jimmy Fund in the past three years while riding in the Pan Mass Challenge.
VP of Leasing & Asset Management
Many roads were traveled to bring Gordon to Linear Retail. A Boston native with family roots in residential real estate brokerage, this Asset Management started his life lesson learning at Phillips Exeter Academy and Princeton University. He ran Whitman Real Estate, Ltd for over 20 years while broadening his experience into commercial real estate as a founding executive with the Wellesley, MA strip center development holding company, Orsett Properties, Ltd.
Wider world assignments were as the New England Regional Development Partner for student housing developer Campus Crest Group of Charlotte, NC and as a retail development consultant for Sheng Fen Company of Suzhou, China. Gordon has served as a board member of First Parish Church Weston and Weston Little League.
Little known facts about Gordon – he was a hockey goalie in his youth, had a reggae band at his wedding and once was a registered Republican.
VP of Construction and Development
Mark joined Linear Retail Properties in February 2006 as Vice President – Construction and Development. He is responsible for all construction activities for Linear Retail’s growing portfolio of shopping centers. He also oversees the development of targeted retail sites as well as redevelopment of existing assets.
Mark has over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate development and construction, primarily for retail and office properties in New England and New York. He has been involved with development activity projects totaling nearly $300 million in cost. His experience includes all aspects of construction and project management for new and existing properties, including permitting, acquisition due diligence, engineering and design.
Before joining Linear Retail, Mark was a Real Estate Development Manager for S.R. Weiner & Associates – WS Development, where he managed the development of 5 shopping centers totaling 2 million square feet. Prior to S.R. Weiner, he worked at Greenberg Farrow Development as a Real Estate Development Manager, where he was responsible for the development of 11 Home Depot locations totaling nearly 1.5 million square feet. Previously, he worked for Browning Ferris Industries, Roy F. Weston Consulting and Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation.
Mark holds a B.S degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Massachusetts, Lowell and is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE). He is a member of ICSC and is a past recipient of the American Consulting Engineers Council (ACEC) Excellence Award for Concept and Design for facility development. Mark led Linear to receive the “Go Green” Award 2010 presented by the City of Cambridge for the CVS / Trader Joes development on Alewife Brook Parkway.
Mark enjoys spending his free time with his wife and their two children. He coaches soccer and hockey and enjoys family events including skiing, boating and travel.
VP of Leasing and Asset Management
Gail is responsible for developing and executing asset strategies for assigned properties primarily in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She also manages third-party property management services.
Gail has 19 years of experience in leasing and property management. Previously, she was Regional Director of Property Management for Edens & Avant where she managed the operations and property management services for a large portfolio of shopping centers throughout New England and New York State.
Prior to joining Edens & Avant, Gail was Director of Corporate Properties for Shaw’s Supermarkets, responsible for the Property Management and Lease Administration Departments. During her 15 year tenure at Shaw’s, she served in various roles including oversight of development projects, capital and departmental budgeting, lease compliance, leasing of retail properties owned by Shaw’s, and management of a $117 million disposition of a 1.4 million square foot shopping center portfolio.
Gail is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science degree. She is also a graduate of the Institute of Paralegal Training, Philadelphia PA and holds a degree in Corporate Finance and Business Law from the ABA Accredited School. Additionally, Gail is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Advisor at Northeastern University where she teaches legal research, writing and ethics.
In her spare time, you can usually find Gail and her husband cheering on their daughter shooting hoops for Oliver Ames girls basketball team. In the off-season, the family enjoys escaping to Cape Cod.
VP of Asset Management
Bryan joined the Linear Retail Leasing and Asset Management team in 2011. Bryan is responsible for the leasing, operations and overall strategy of a portfolio of convenience and boutique assets throughout Greater Boston. He specializes in re-positioning properties to their highest and best use through aesthetic enhancement, tenancy and a long-term focus on operations. Previously, Bryan was Vice President of Acquisitions & Development at Crosspoint Associates in Natick, Massachusetts.
Bryan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, where he serves as the New England Director of Government Relations; is a Connector at Boston World Partnerships; is a member of the Urban Land Institute; and is a Director on the board of Pathways to Wellness in Boston.
Bryan, his partner and their dog live in a farm house they are renovating and constantly on the verge of completing. He enjoys traveling, gardening, beekeeping, woodworking, cycling and sailing.
As the Real Estate Acquisitions Analyst at Linear Retail, Greg is responsible for modeling, analyzing and supporting various acquisitions activities.
Prior to joining Linear Retail, Greg was a senior associate with Ernst & Young, LLP in the New York and Boston offices. He served clients in both the real estate and financial services industries.
Greg holds a B.S. in Accountancy from Villanova University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
In his free time, Greg enjoys spending time with his family and friends (especially playing trivia night at his favorite local watering hole) and is an avid traveler. His favorite places so far include Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji.
Marketing & Social Media Manager
Diana is Linear Retail’s Marketing and Social Media Manager. She handles the company’s corporate marketing, public relations, website development and social media initiatives. With seven years of experience in the Shopping Center Industry, this New Englander has been listed under Movers and Shakers – Business people on the move by AllBusiness.com and The Patriot Ledger. Diana has her own column titled, “Dishing Social Media” in the largest weekly real estate newspaper in the country, New England & New York Real Estate Journal. She also serves as a volunteer member on the ICSC Boston Next Generation Committee, ICSC MOCIAL (mobile, social, local) Committee and the ICSC Next Generation Social Media Subcommittee.
Prior to Linear Retail, Diana worked for 5 years at WS Development – S.R. Weiner & Associates. There, she started in the corporate marketing department and oversaw corporate and shopping center marketing at numerous centers. She worked on the Grand Opening for Legacy Place, Wareham Crossing, Mansfield Crossing and later worked as Marketing Coordinator for Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham, MA where she ran the marketing department and implemented their first ever social media plan.
She holds a B.A. in Communication and an Associate Degree in Applied Science for Community Leadership, both from the University of New Hampshire. She also studied Public Relations and New Communication Technologies at Bond University in Queensland, Australia. She was a scholarship recipient of ICSC’s John T. Riordan School for Professional Development Institute for advance marketing coursework. She has attended countless marketing and social media seminars all over the country. Diana is certified in InDesign, Visio and SitesUSA.
Diana’s forever love is music; going to shows, learning about new musicians and playing guitar. She also enjoys exploring Boston, boating in the summer, snowboarding in the winter and everything Fall.
As a Leasing Representative at Linear Retail, Evan is responsible for sourcing new tenants for the company’s diverse portfolio of New England retail properties. Prior to joining Linear Retail, Evan was the Area Sales Manager for The Regus Group, where he was responsible for managing the sales and leasing process for the New England market. In addition, he managed new location openings and local marketing efforts.
Before Evan became involved with commercial Real Estate, he worked in numerous capacities within the Hospitality Industry, which included managing sales and operations for companies such as Starwood Hotels & Resorts and ARAMARK Corporation.
Evan holds a B.S. in Management from the University of Massachusetts, with a focus in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
In his free time, Evan enjoys spending time with his family. He is an avid music and food junkie with a passion for trying new wine. He is also a former Boston DJ and wine sommelier. You can sometimes still find Evan behind a set of turntables.
Julia joined Linear Retail in 2012 as Marketing Associate. In this role, she assists the marketing department with social media, corporate marketing, tenant relations and graphic design. Previously, Julia was a graphic designer and free-lance artist in Dartmouth, MA. Her projects ranged from graphics for social media sites, printed advertisements, illustrations, corporate identity logos and photography.
Julia graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, where she received a BFA in Illustration as well as another BFA in Graphic Design. Julia is a member of AIGA, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and was presented with the Chancellor’s Scholarship each year for honors during her time at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.
In her free time, Julia enjoys any form of art including doodling, painting and crafts. She also loves to dance, get lost in reading, exercise and has a love for adventure. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.
As Office Manager, Katie wears many hats at Linear Retail. She is responsible for the overall day-to-day operations of the office while assisting the marketing department. This “Jill” of all trades brings over 20 years of experience in office management including IT, marketing and accounting.
Previously, Katie was an Executive Administrator and Personal Assistant to the Branch Manager at Robert Half International while Supporting the Accounting and Human Resource (including insurance) departments. Before that, she worked at the Reading Advocate newspaper where she performed desktop publishing, graphic design and wrote articles for the paper.
Katie is a graduate of The University of New Hampshire with a Business Management degree. She also studied marketing at Bentley College and graphic design as well as desktop publishing at Middlesex Community College and communications at Capella University.
She has a passion for creativity and loves to paint scenic landscapes. She reminisces often about her backpacking trip across Europe for two months, where where she was able to view and paint the beautiful valleys, vineyards, water canals and architectural buildings of some of the most revered lands in Europe.
Greg O’Brien joined Linear Retail in August 2013 as a Portfolio Accountant. He is responsible for supporting the CFO and working with the asset management and acquisition teams. In this role, Greg reviews monthly portfolio data, reports on the consolidated portfolio, assists in the annual audit and works on various special projects.
Prior to joining Linear Retail, Greg was a semi-senior accountant at Katz, Nannis + Solomon, P.C., a regional accounting firm in Needham, MA. Greg worked both in the audit and taxation departments at KN+S, serving clients in the emerging growth, software and real estate industries, as well as high net worth individuals.
Greg received his B.S. in Accountancy and Master of Science in Taxation from Bentley University in Waltham, MA, where he was an Northeast-10 Conference Academic Scholar Athlete.
In his free time, Greg is an avid Boston sports fan and enjoys cheering on any of the local teams with his friends and family. He has also taken up an interest in traveling, particularly to Europe.