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Property Mgmt. Firm Adds Four, Promotes One

| October 10, 2019

Lynn Gray

Waltham, MA –  Hobbs Brook Management LLC, a commercial property management and development firm specializing in leasing, construction and development of Class A office space, announced the addition of four new additions to the firm, and the promotion of one long-time employee.

Newly hired are Lynn Gray as a human resources manager; Kelsey Harrison as a senior administrative assistant; Chris Poravas as a real estate manager, construction specialist; and Erik Waal as staff vice president, technology services. John “Jack” Tomasello has been promoted to manager, facility and buildings.

Kelsey Harrison

Gray has been working in human resources since 1994. In her new role, she acts as a strategic business partner to executive, staff, and line management by providing comprehensive value-added human resource consultation services to diverse business segments.

Using customized HR-based solutions, she solves business problems, while providing a comprehensive range of human resource tools and solutions that support business objectives.  Additionally, she coaches executives, and managers in recruitment, employee relations, development, deployment, and the retention of high caliber employees, securing a competitive advantage for Hobbs Brook.  

Chris Poravas

As senior administrative assistant, Harrison provides administrative and construction project support to the project management staff and facilitates the functioning of real estate planning and development. Her duties are wide-ranging, including preparing general correspondence, soliciting competitive bids from vendors, comparing/tracking bids, preparing purchase orders and assists with tracking project costs.

In addition, she will manage construction documents to be included in request for proposal packages, vendor prequalification documents, and coordinate document flow between the vendor, project manager and risk management.

With 27 years of experience in architecture, construction, and project management, Poravas will manage multiple real estate functions on behalf of Hobbs Brook Management, with a focus on the development of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island campuses.

John “Jack” Tomasello

Working closely with the principal architect, he will be responsible for ground-up investment real estate construction, repositioning of real estate assets, tenant improvement projects, major repairs, and life cycle building system replacements from project inception to completion. In addition, Poravas will oversee all facets of project management, and ensure timely completion of all construction activities.

Tomasello has been with Hobbs Brook since 2000, most recently as an assistant facilities manager. In his new role as a manager, he is now responsible for the administration and managerial direction of the facility department, as well as controlling overall operations and personnel. In addition, he manages the complete operation and maintenance of all buildings in the Norwood campus.

Erik Waal

In this role at Hobbs Brook, Waal is responsible for the development and execution of strategic and tactical IT plans and solutions in support of the real estate, property management, food service, and facilities management units.

In addition to serving as the IT Manager for the Waltham offices of Hobbs Brook Management, he will assist in defining business requirements, processes, and make recommendations for improving productivity and efficiency of operations with technology solutions across the company.

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