Spotlight on New England: Message From Kay Barned-Smith

(Updated July 2017)

On June 29, the CMAA-NE Board met for its annual meeting to transition to another year of directors and officers. I am pleased to pass the baton of the presidency to Bob Barton, STV/DPM who has been a great partner this year in a number of efforts to expand our activities and conversations with colleagues in the industry as well as steering a very successful year of programs for our constituency. Other new officers include Kristine Gorman, Jacobs as the Vice President/Programs; Clark McCormack, PMA takes over as Vice President/Membership and David Doane, Massport is the Chapter’s Secretary. Missy Reed, Harvard remains our Treasurer. Returning Board members include Michael Bertoulin, WSP; Austin Chafee, DC Beane; Jim Driscoll, Gilbane; Tom Ellis, Heery; Steve Farrell, Farrell Consulting; Mary Gately, Gately and Assoc.; Mark Hasso, Wentworth; Paul Hemphill, City Point Partners, John Phillips, Retired; and Wendy Riggs-Smith, Massport. We are delighted also to welcome Latoya Baskin, Shawmut; James Hughes, Federal Transit Administration and Jeffrey Paul, Stantec as our new Board members. And we thank departing Board members Carl Sciple, Jonathan Hausner, Greg Janey, Rick Bessom and Nick Torello for their work and support this past year(s).

Of course we are also appreciative of this year’s chapter sponsors: gold level sponsors Suffolk Construction, City Point Partners, New England Institute of Technology, WSP and Janey Construction Management; and silver level annual sponsor Robinson and Cole. The vitality and health of our organization are due both to our great members and our faithful sponsors so thank you.

We finished our year with a successful golf tournament at the Brookmeadow Country Club in May, as well as a very successful awards program at the Omni Parker Hotel also in May. In June, we grabbed the opportunity to host a breakfast program with Mark Boyle, Administrator for the Office of Real Estate and Asset Development-MassDOT/MBTA who reviewed a range of ambitious and intriguing projects on the boards for development and construction. Mr. Boyle, a graduate of Boston College with an MPA from Suffolk University, has had an amazing career as Assistant General Manager for Development, MBTA; Director of Real Estate, MBTA; Director of Planning and Community Development, Town of Watertown as well as positions with the Watertown Arsenal Development Corporation and the cities of Somerville and Boston and his presentation was informative and thorough.

As we take a short hiatus before the fall I would like to thank you all for your support over this past year and to encourage you to check our website, for upcoming events in the near future. In addition to our kick off breakfast program in September, we are encouraging our young members in the energy and environmental arenas to check out the young professionals gathering on September 19 at Coppersmith Boston. Check out as well material about the National Conference & Trade Show, which is in Washington DC from October 8-10 this fall; you might want to schedule your visit to the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture; reports are very positive. And also in the new season, CMAA-NE will host the course for hopeful CCM candidates sometime in early spring 2018.

On the national level, long-time President and CEO Bruce D’Agostino announced at the April symposium that he will be retiring in the near future, which is a substantial change to the status quo. But we are happy to announce that Greg Janey of JaneyCo has joined the national board as a director. Congratulations to them both for these milestone events.

Finally I encourage you to check out as well the Boston Architectural Diary,, of which the Chapter is now a sponsor. This is an interesting collection of events exhibits and presentations of interest to all who are invested in the built environment in and around Boston, and is supported by CMAA as we continue to promote the needs and challenges to our built environment and to become knowledgeable professionals engaging the various discussions.

In this next iteration of the Chapter, I look forward to working with new President Bob Barton to streamline the organization, develop our strategic plan, and document how we manage our various efforts for better leadership transitions. I look forward as well to continuing the effort to create cross organizational collaboration and activities among the various entities that intersect and develop our built world. To the extent that we can understand the needs of all players and constituencies and develop effective partnerships, both the environment and construction will benefit. In the meantime, enjoy the summer and I look forward to seeing you at our September breakfast meeting.

Kay Barned-Smith, City of Boston
CMAA New England Chapter President

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