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Twining Properties acquires urban mixed-use properties at transit nodes in the Northeast. Mr. 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.

Mr. Twining was CEO of MetroNexus, a Morgan Stanley Company where he oversaw a 3MSF portfolio in North America. At Morgan Stanley, he 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. He 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 he directed their $4B, 8MSF Colgate Center attracting Goldman Sachs with 2MSF.

Mr. 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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Mr. Wharton built the residential development platform for RXR Realty, one of the largest owners, managers, and developers and operators in the NYC Tri-State area. At RXR, he oversaw the development of 1,792 apartments at a cost of $813 million. Prior to that role, he developed residential and mixed use developments at Brookfield Property Group and AvalonBay Communities, for a total of 3.5 million square feet and including 4,903 apartment homes, at a total cost of approximately $2.4 billion. He also worked for the Equitable Real Estate and predecessor investment advisory firms.

Mr. Wharton serves on several boards, including the Council on Economic Education, which trains approximately 55,000 teachers annually, and ChaShaMa, which places artists’ studios and exhibits in vacant retail spaces. He holds an MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a BA from Harvard College.

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Prior to Twining Properties, Jonathan worked as an Associate for Ivy Property Advisory, a Brisbane-based real estate consultancy and development firm, on a variety of projects internationally. Originally based in the US, Jonathan helped the firm source multifamily investment opportunities in Boston before he was brought to work for the firm in their Australian office. Once there, Jonathan helped manage several development projects in Sydney, Brisbane, and Queenstown, New Zealand, with an emphasis on delivering innovative residential products (specifically co-living and micro-units).

Previous to this, Jonathan had helped co-found H Square, a Boston-based co-living startup. Part of the Acquisitions and Development team, his duties included sourcing deals, helping present to investors, and coordinating with other team members. Jonathan began his real estate career interning with developers in New York and Brooklyn, working with both Jonathan Rose Companies and Fifth Avenue Committee.

Before real estate, Jonathan had studied landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He spent his time between his graduate and undergraduate studies managing a series of organic farms in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Jonathan received is MDes in Real Estate and the Built Environment from Harvard University. He earned his BA from SUNY Purchase College, where he studied poetry and sociology.

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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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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.

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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. He 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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Before joining Twining Properties, Mr. Forkner served as Development Manager for Vanguard Land, an entrepreneurial real estate firm that finances and develops residential communities. At Vanguard, he was responsible for underwriting and due diligence for the purchase of 803 acres of land in Naples, Florida, including home construction on 890 lots. He also oversaw the development of two master-planned comprising 397 lots and an 11,000 SF club house with various amenities.

Prior to his position at Vanguard, Mr. Forkner was an Associate Director at UBS Investment Bank where he held positions on the Global Natural Resources group coverage and lending teams. He managed six bookrun IPOs raising $3 billion, twelve bookrun follow-on equity offerings and ATM programs raising $3.5 billion, and ten debt offerings raising $6.0 billion. He was also responsible for financial modeling and due diligence on a $2.5 billion acquisition of which UBS served as sole strategic and financial advisor. Additionally, he was a key team member of a small group tasked with originating and managing a $5.5 billion diversified energy loan portfolio.

Mr. Forkner received his Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Real Estate Finance from NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate.

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Ms. Kaufman's has a broad experience with $5 billion in acquisitions, leasing, entitlements, development, asset and portfolio management and operations. As Vice President at BioMed Realty, she was responsible for creating and implementing the full gamut of the company’s 1.7 million square feet of investments in New York including development, marketing, leasing, construction, asset management, acquisitions, and dispositions.

Among her responsibilities, Ms. Kaufman negotiated a $300 million build to suit lease for a complex, specialized laboratory building that optimized returns on a subsequent 10-building $720 million portfolio sale.

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Before joining Twining Properties, Mr. Lee worked at the State of New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Real Estate Department and briefly at Lendlease in their Development Group in New York.

During his time at MTA, Mr. Lee was in charge of managing property acquisition & disposition, leasing, licensing, and marketing on behalf of the MTA’s real estate department including New York City Transit, Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road. He also assisted the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) group by providing financial, zoning, and architectural feasibility studies for potential Public Private Partnership development opportunities.

While at Lendlease, Mr. Lee focused on acquisitions and development of the 290,000 SF ground-up multifamily project in Manhattan and supported structuring the joint venture with an affordable housing developer in NY.

Before working in real estate and asset management, Mr. Lee worked in architecture. He worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) New York office developing and designing mixed-use properties in New York, Hong Kong, China, and Chile.

Mr. Lee has received his Master of Science in Real Estate Development degree from Columbia University and received his Bachelor of Architecture from Yonsei University, South Korea. He is a member of the ULI and AIA. Also, he is a trilingual (English, Japanese, and Korean) and has a deep understanding of the cross-cultural environment, stemming from his early experience of living in global cities, New York, Tokyo, and Seoul.