As a Managing Director and Chief Development Officer, Michael is involved with the acquisition, concept and design development, permitting, financing, and construction of a broad array of The Davis Companies’ ground-up development and redevelopment projects. Michael also serves as a member of both the firm’s Executive Committee and Investment Committee.
Michael was most recently the Chief Development Officer for Benchmark Senior Living, a leading developer and operator of senior housing communities. Prior to joining Benchmark, Mike spent more than three decades at Boston Properties (NYSE: BXP), where he ascended to the role of Senior Vice President of Development and was responsible for new development throughout the Boston Regional Office territory.
During his tenure at Boston Properties, Michael and his team delivered over 10 million square feet of space including office, laboratory, residential, retail, hotel and parking uses and was most recently responsible for the development of The Hub on Causeway, a 1.5 million square foot mixed-use project on the site of the former Boston Garden arena at North Station in Boston, MA., 145 Broadway, a 480,000 square foot build-to-suit for Akami Technologies, and Porto, a 280-unit residential building, both in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA.
Other completed projects include 888 Boylston Street, a 430,000 square foot, mixed-use office and retail building in Boston, MA., Atlantic Wharf, a 860,000 square foot mixed-use project in Boston, MA. which was designated LEED Platinum by the USGBC, and Salesforce Tower in San Francisco. Michael has also entitled sites at Back Bay Station in Boston, the North Parcel at Kendall Square, and CityPoint in Waltham.
Michael has also consulted to Harvard University for an expansion building in its Allston Landing holdings, to the United States Postal Service, providing advice and services for that agency’s Greater Boston real estate holdings, and to Children’s Hospital Boston in their evaluation of research laboratory facilities at the hospital’s Longwood Medical Area campus in Boston, MA.
Prior to joining Boston Properties, Michael worked in project supervision capacities in the construction industry with Perini Corporation, Manganaro Corporation New England and Component Assembly Systems, Inc. on a number of major commercial building projects in the Greater Boston and New York metro areas.
Michael is former Chairman of A Better City and former Vice Chairman and Trustee of Malden Catholic High School, his high school alma mater. He has also presented at numerous conferences and seminars for industry groups including for NAIOP, ULI, Massachusetts Building Congress and Build Boston. Michael received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.