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Twining Properties acquires urban mixed-use properties at transit nodes in the Northeast. Twining created the Watermark urban apartment brand with over 1,250 apartments in five towers in top locations in Boston including Seaport Square, Kendall Square and Central Square and in NYC, Watermark LIC. The company is currently developing a four-block waterfront project in Westchester and three buildings in the heart of Central Square, Cambridge MA.

Twining was CEO of MetroNexus, a Morgan Stanley Company where he oversaw a 3MSF portfolio in North America. At Morgan Stanley, Twining oversaw $3B of MSREF’s most complex large-scale development investments ranging from the 25,000 acre Woodlands in Texas to the 3MSF North Bridge in Chicago. Twining launched AvalonBay’s high-rise luxury apartment business setting up a new team and a 3,000 unit pipeline in three years. For Colgate Palmolive Twining directed their $4B, 8MSF Colgate Center attracting Goldman Sachs with 2MSF.

Twining is a ULI Trustee & Governor, serves on the Yale School of Architecture Dean’s Council and has lectured at Columbia, MIT, NYU and Yale. He received both a BA and MArch from Yale University.

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Mr. Duncan has arranged over $350 million in debt and equity for [ t ] TwiningProperties Watermark Kendall, 440 West 42nd Street and Watermark Seaport developments.

Previously, Mr. Duncan was CFO for MetroNexus, a Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds Enterprise which managed the redevelopment and disposition of a 3 million square foot portfolio in the US and Canada. He performed investment sales as a Vice President at Rockwood Realty and was a Vice President at J.P. Morgan for 10 years, working in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group, where he focused on both domestic and cross-border advisory assignments, debt and equity financings and structured tax transactions for real estate and corporate clients.

While at J.P. Morgan, Mr. Duncan worked on many advisory transactions, including restructuring Mitsubishi Estate's $1.5 billion investment in Rockefeller Center, Ford Motor Company's $1 billion sale of First Nationwide Bank, a $5 billion commercial real estate portfolio, the sale of Newport Tower, a 1 million square foot office building in Jersey City and the sale of the Allen Center, a 3 million square foot mixed-use complex in Houston. Mr. Duncan has worked on many financing transactions, such as a $190 million acquisition and lease-up loan from J. P. Morgan to the purchasers of 590 Madison Avenue, a 1 million square foot office building in New York and the purchase of 50 percent of Brazil's leading retail company by a U.S. REIT. He has also has completed structured tax financings including $1 billion for The Walt Disney Co. and $300 milllion for J. P. Morgan raising equity and debt through private equity placements, credit derivatives, mortgage loans and sale-leasebacks, addressing all tax and accounting issues, and coordinating a transaction team of 30 people.

Mr. Duncan worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1983 to 1989, both in the New York office and the London office. Mr. Duncan qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England in 1986. He received a BA in Economics from Nottingham University in England.

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For close to two decades, Mr. Rotter served as Managing Director at ING/Clarion Partners, one of the largest U.S. real estate investment advisors with over $30 billion under management. He also served as senior officerin the transactions groups of Jones Lang LaSalle, Baring Advisors (subsidiary of ING-Barings), and Landauer.

He has sourced and acquired real estate investments on behalf of stitutional clients including the Abu DhabiInvestment Authority, Bank of Kuwait, California State Pension Fund, DEKA Bank Group, Hawaii Fund, New York State Common Retirement Fund, New York State Teachers Retirement Fund, Oregon Pension Fund, Royal Dutch Shell, Qatari Investment Authority, Soros Fund, State of Tennessee Pension Fund, the United Mine Workers, among others.

Mr. Rotter has transacted across all property types including residential, office, industrial, retail, hotel, mixed-use, land, and resort properties. He has closed transactions throughout the US with a focus on East Coast markets, Boston, New York City, Washington D.C., Florida, Texas and California. He has closed deals across the risk spectrum from core to development. He has acquired and developed notable/trophy properties such as the Gables Residential REIT, the Park Avenue Plaza, Roosevelt Raceway Center, Mizner Park, Old Palm, Hines Office Portfolio, Corporate Woods, Waterside Shoppes. He has also acquired over 20,000 residential units and several large buildings in New York City, including 10 East 53rd St, 737 Park Avenue, 636 Sixth Avenue, 200 West End Ave, 11 East 44th St, 450 Park Avenue, 50 Milk St, among others. He has partnered/transacted with many of the premier US real estate companies including: Avalon Bay, Fisher Brothers, Gables, General Growth, Hines, Macklowe, Related, RFR, Taconic Partners, Trammel Crow, and Wood Partners. 

Mr. Rotter has been an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York, The International Council of Shopping Centers, as well as the Urban Land Institute. He is a licensed New York Real Estate Broker. He graduated from Yale College with a BA and obtained his MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Mr. Bearak has overseen the construction of the $100 million Watermark Kendall West in Cambridge, MA by Bovis Construction, the Watermark Kendall East with Moriarity Construction and the 300 unit Watermark Seaport overlooking the Boston Harbor with Skanska Construction.

During the last twenty years he has held senior executive positions with two international construction firms and a major real estate development company in Boston. For seven years Mr. Bearak managed the New England Regional office for AMEC Construction Management (Morse Diesel International). Projects that he oversaw include TD BankNorth Garden (Fleet Center) home of the Boston Bruins and the Celtics, the Seaport Hotel, the 1.4 million square foot $460 million Providence Place Mall, and the 270,000 square foot 116 Huntington Avenue office building in the Back Bay of Boston. Previously, Mr. Bearak had overseen construction for Cohen Properties of Boston including the 206 unit Esplanade Residences in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Mr. Bearak has been involved in the construction of over 3,800 housing units throughout the Northeast as well as numerous commercial, retail and sports projects. Over the last seven years he has been managing the construction process overseeing companies including the John Moriarity Company, Bovis Construction, J.F. White Construction Suffolk Construction and Skanska Construction.

Mr. Bearak has been a member of NAIOP, the Massachusetts Building Congress and the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation and attended Wentworth Institute in Boston.

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Projects include apartment developments in Cambridge and Boston: Watermark Kendall East, Watermark Central Square, Watermark Seaport, and new acquisitions in the region. Before joining Twining, he was Senior Vice President for Design and Development at Corcoran Jennison Company in Boston, MA, overseeing the financing, permitting, and new construction for market-rate and mixed income housing, commercial office space for Boston healthcare institutions, and research and laboratory space for the US Coast Guard.

Prior to his position at Corcoran Jennison, Mr. Flack was Senior Vice President at The Beacon Companies in Boston, MA. At Beacon, he oversaw and managed multi-phased projects throughout New England, assembling teams for permitting, design and construction of over 3,000 units, redeveloping derelict urban areas between 25 and 80 acres, including the construction of new infrastructure and streets, while accommodating existing residents. Also while at Beacon, he managed the redevelopment of South Station in Boston, converting this traditional transportation hub into a rich multi-use urban center. To this day, South Station and its community form a vibrant intersection of the adjacent residential district and the financial and seaport districts in Boston. Other positions at Beacon included Director of Retail Leasing, Tenant Coordinator and Senior Project Manager.

On staff with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital for 6 years, Mr. Flack was responsible for the planning, design and coordination of the Carl J. Shapiro Clinical Center: a $170 million high rise building for ambulatory clinical services which became the cornerstone for the expansion and reorganization of this major healthcare institution.

Mr. Flack received his professional training in architecture from Tulane University and worked in the field for 14 years before his career shift to project management and real estate development. Bob is an active leader in his community as the President of the Board of the Watertown Community Housing and Metro West Collaborative Developers.

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Prior to joining Twining, Ms. Stoddard started Bright City, a successful, mixed-use development practice in Brooklyn. Bright City developed some of the first green condominium projects in Brooklyn and was the first all-women owned developer to be financed by HSBC in New York. Bright City also consulted to businesses in the development of green building programs, and oversaw the construction of the first LEED Gold, small-scale urban supermarket in New York.

Prior to her role in real estate development, Ms. Stoddard worked as an architect for several years in private practice. Before developing her own practice, she managed several building exterior envelope preservation and renewal projects on New York City landmarks like the Brooklyn Museum and the Public Theater. She gained experience designing large building projects at Kohn Pedersen Fox and interned with the 42nd Street Development Project at Empire State Development.

Ms. Stoddard is a licensed architect in New York and Connecticut, and a member of ULI and Women in Housing Finance New York. She received an A.B. from Columbia College and M.Arch from Columbia University GSAPP. Aida participates in Alumni mentoring events at GSAPP and the Brooklyn Real Estate Round Table.

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Before joining Twining, Mr. Barer served as Vice-President at Berkeley Investments where he directed development activities and served as asset manager for their Seaport Portfolio in downtown Boston. He was responsible for the creation and execution of Berkeley’s Seaport portfolio business plan, which included all development and management aspects for 360,000 SF of retail, office and residential property. In this role, Mr. Barer directed the repositioning of Berkeley’s retail holdings in the Fort Point District including managing the sell-out of an AIA award-winning building and securing four high-end restaurants within the District. He also worked closely with the local community to ensure the historic preservation and continuity of the neighborhood, while securing affordable live/work space for local artists.

Prior to his position at Berkeley, Mr. Barer served as Senior Project Manager at Cathartes Private Investments where he directed the development of 700 new residential units and nearly 1,000,000 SF of commercial property exceeding $350M in construction in the Northeast Region. This included permitting for a 400-unit mixed-use transit-oriented master plan in Jersey City and leading Canyon-Johnson’s initial Urban Fund Boston development.

Prior to entering the real estate development industry, Mr. Barer worked as an architect on urban mixed-use projects in Denver and Telluride, Colorado. He received his BA from University of Wisconsin, MArch from University of California, Berkeley, and MSRED from Columbia University in New York. Mark is also an active member of ULI and NAIOP.

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During his time at Crow, Mr. Hong underwrote over $2B in real estate acquisitions and development across all major property types including multifamily, office, retail, industrial, hotels, and convenience and gas. He had also asset managed 16 assets, totaling over $500mn in AUM. In addition he was instrumental in the formation and fund raising efforts of an open-ended build-to-hold investment vehicle in a joint venture with Trammel Crow Residential.

While at Hines, Mr. Hong focused on structuring joint ventures and separate accounts with sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East and Asia.

Before working in real estate and finance, Mr. Hong worked in architecture. He worked at VBN Architects on the design of the BART extension down to San Jose. He also collaborated with Frederic Schwartz on the Al Jamea Tus Saifiyah Campus, a 14 Acre Campus in Nairobi, Kenya and the Ghana Greentown, a public housing project designed to house 20,000 people.

Mr. Hong has received his MBA and Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and received his A.B in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of the Forum for Urban Design and ULI.

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While at MSDW, Ms. DiVita participated in financial training programs sponsored by MSDW in partnership with Cornell University. She later joined MetroNexus, a Morgan Stanley real estate funds enterprise. As comptroller for MetroNexus, she oversaw most accounting functions as that enterprise redeveloped and disposed of a portfolio of approximately three million square feet in both the US and Canada. She has considerable experience in all phases of project development from inception, construction through property management.

Ms. DiVita has been an essential member of several Twining projects including the successful development of the 510,000 square foot Watermark Kendall projects in Cambridge MA, 440 West 42 Street in Manhattan, and Watermark Seaport in Boston. Theresa has been responsible for interfacing and handling reporting requirements to Twining financing partners and government agencies.

Ms. DiVita attended Adelphi University. She is a member of several avicultural societies and a supporter of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.