ABOUT US
A New England
Based Firm
VMD procures strong financial returns through engaging in opportunistic, value-add commercial real estate investments by capitalizing on our in-depth knowledge surrounding real estate fundamentals. We are a New England based firm that embodies an entrepreneurial, creative, hands-on methodology. It is the makeup of our DNA that allows us to be well versed amongst all asset class.

OUR Team

VMD Executive Team

JAMES L. VITAS II

Executive Chairman | Founder

Jim Vitas founded VMD Companies in 2004 and is the Executive Chairman and Founder of the firm. At VMD, Mr. Vitas focuses on the commercial real estate market, from acquisition and entitlements through financing, leasing and disposition. With special efforts directed towards opportunistic and value-add investment strategies, Mr. Vitas strives to optimize the firm’s yields through equity syndication and creative debt structuring.

Mr. Vitas works closely with VMD’s LP base, lending relationships and an array of the firm’s high-profile network. Mr. Vitas has ushered the company through years of substantial growth, all during the Great Recession, credit crisis, and recent COVID-19 pandemic. Navigating challenging times and complex transactions is his passion.

Mr. Vitas has since been involved in growing the organization by launching multiple verticals, thus ensuring the company remains multi-faceted. Mr. Vitas enjoys deeply analyzing consumer trends and positioning the firm in a manner that will allow it to capitalize on market gyrations.

In 2012 VMD was awarded project of the year by the New Hampshire Planners Associate and American Society of Civil Engineers. In 2016 VMD was awarded project of the year by the State of New Hampshire. Under Jim’s stewardship, VMD has actively overseen and developed in excess of $500MM in real estate, with projects ranging from New England to South Florida.

Mr. Vitas graduated from the University of New Hampshire with degrees in: Business Management, Communications and a Minor in community development. Jim was heavily involved in continuing education programs throughout his college tenure, such as: LEED Accreditation, Development from Beginning to End, and the John T. Riordan School of Professional Development which was hosted in Lansing, Michigan.

PHIL DOWN

CEO

Philip Down is the Chief Executive Officer for VMD Companies and has acquired/developed over $2 Billion in real estate throughout his career. Mr. Down is responsible for formulating the investment strategy as well as originating and structuring transactions (opportunistic/value add/core plus) in New England, the Mid Atlantic, and Southern Florida. With an emphasis on generating the highest risk-adjusted returns, Mr. Down is responsible for portfolio/fund management and overseeing capital partner (equity/debt) relationships. Mr. Down also has oversight for managing the ground up development process in addition to existing asset repositioning, management, and performance.
Previously Mr. Down was a Vice President at BentallGreenOak, a global investment manager with over $50 Billion in AUM, and was responsible for acquiring and managing a diverse portfolio of real estate assets located throughout the United States. Mr. Down’s responsibilities included acquisition and disposition transaction structuring, asset/strategy management, value add and development oversight, and identifying new business opportunities for the firm’s various clients and fund strategies. Prior to BentallGreenOak Mr. Down founded Health Properties Group, an investment company focused on developing and acquiring medical office and senior housing assets.
Mr. Down holds a B.A. in Economics from Dickinson College, a M.S. in Real Estate Investments from Johns Hopkins, and a M.S. in Finance from Johns Hopkins. Mr. Down is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, NAIOP, and Real Estate Finance Association.

DAVID DURGIN

Chief Operating Officer

Dave Durgin joined VMD Companies as the Chief Operating Officer, with an additional focus on commercial leasing, operations, and asset management.

Prior to joining VMD, Mr. Durgin started his career in real estate focusing on accounting and finance before shifting to operations. He has 5 years of financial and operational experience in the real estate industry, including leasing, property and consolidated budgeting, capital project management, and software integration. Most recently, Mr. Durgin managed the leasing and operations for a diversified portfolio valued over $350M, consisting of multi-family, retail, and office assets located throughout Greater Boston.

He holds a B.S. in Accounting and a M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University.

JAMES P. BEATON

Vice President of Development | Finance

James Beaton joined VMD Companies with a focus on underwriting potential acquisitions and development opportunities throughout New England. In addition to property-level and market analyses, Mr. Beaton is responsible for investor relations and implementing sponsorship and capital raising activities for the firm’s Private Equity division.

Prior to joining VMD, Mr. Beaton worked at Boston Capital, where he was responsible for the disposition of real estate assets and limited partner interests, maximizing yield for the company’s investors. Since joining Boston Capital in 2015, he assisted in closing more than 300 real estate transactions valued over $1.0 Billion. James has more than 6 years of diversified experience within the real estate industry, including investment sales/capital transactions, asset management and underwriting of a variety of property types across the country.

Mr. Beaton earned a B.S. in Finance from Bentley University. He is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in Massachusetts.

KIRK BALCOM

Director of Construction

Kirk Balcom joined VMD Companies as the Director of Construction, his focus on all construction related activities. Mr. Balcom offers over 19 years of construction industry experience bringing a vast knowledge of construction techniques and general practices. He has in-depth experience managing a diverse range of large-scale projects that include new construction and renovation work, from several patient-care facilities, K-12 schools, to occupied additions, and building renovation.

Prior to joining VMD, Mr. Balcom managed all aspects of public, ground-up construction projects including construction document control, complete project financial management, schedule performance, with constant collaboration with owners, architects and subcontractors throughout the duration of each project. He has successfully managed both LEED Platinum and LEED Silver certified projects.

Mr. Balcom earned a B.S. in Construction Engineering from the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

STEPHEN GALLAGHER

Director of Development

Steve Gallagher joined VMD as Director of Development, with a responsibility for leading the company’s development projects from acquisitions through stabilization. He has extensive experience in real estate finance, design, entitlements, and construction.

Prior to his time at VMD, Steve worked as a real estate developer in Massachusetts and as an architect in Massachusetts and New York. He also has years of site experience in the construction industry. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in Real Estate Development from MIT. He is a licensed architect in Massachusetts.

MICHAEL GHILONI

Controller

Michael Ghiloni joined VMD Companies as the Controller.  In this role he handles all accounting responsibilities and financial reporting at both the asset and corporate level.  He is responsible for budgeting and forecasting for all assets as well as implementing internal controls to mitigate the company’s risk.  In addition, he works closely with the development team on underwriting potential investments and helps to maintain relationships with lenders on behalf of the company.

Prior to VMD, he held financial leadership positions at several real estate companies in Boston, as well as a national general contractor.  He handled underwriting, financial reporting, system integration, and both project and property accounting for assets within all industries in these roles.

Mr. Ghiloni earned both a B.S. in Finance and M.B.A. from Providence College.

AARON PETERSON

Facilities Manager

Aaron Peterson brings a wealth of experience and motivation to VMD Companies in his role as Facilities Manager. After serving nine years in the United States Navy, he returned home to Massachusetts and set his sights on a career in Facilities Maintenance.

Focusing on safety, best practices, and tenant satisfaction, Mr. Peterson excelled in technical roles while employed at CBRE and Longfellow Real Estate Partners. VMD Companies gives him the opportunity to achieve his maximum potential in the high stakes, team oriented environment that characterized his military service.

Mr. Peterson enjoys volunteering at his local VFW Post and is an avid bass fisherman.

KAREN D.

Director of Office Operations

Karen comes to VMD with over 8 years of experience in Commercial Real Estate. As Controller, Karen’s main focus is on Asset Management, property research, and managing the flow and daily functionality of newly established pipeline. Her expertise and passion in real estate property research is a value-added skillset in the due diligence process.
After years as Marketing Director for software and tactical products, Karen realized she had a strong interest in Commercial Real Estate and Development. Prior to VMD, Karen worked as a Commercial Real Estate Consultant. She began her Commercial Real Estate career as a Senior Loan Originator. She was awarded ‘Top Loan Producer’ 6 times and lead a team of 7 Loan Originators and 2 Loan Processors to a record breaking company profit 3 years in a row.
Karen’s background includes: marketing; contracts; export logistics of classified products while communicating with several senior government agencies such as, NSA, DOD, Navy, DOJ, Army and AF; royalty and asset management; travel, budget and sales management.
VMD Advisory Board
DOUG POUTASSE

Doug Poutasse is an Advisory Board Member to VMD Companies working closely with senior management on thematic investment strategies. In addition, Doug is a Senior Adviser to Tristan Capital and an Investment Committee Member. Doug recently retired from his position as Head of Strategy and Research at real estate advisor BentallGreenOak (BGO. He now serves as an independent member of three BGO client investment committees. He also serves as an independent director of NewTower Trust Company, which serves as the trust company for BGO’s MEPT fund and as manager for its BGO Diversified Fund. These are all positions of independent fiduciary responsibility and are all focused on North American investments.

He has previously served as Executive Director of NCREIF and as the Chief Investment Strategist of AEW Capital Management (USA). With over 30 years of experience as an economic analyst and forecaster, Doug has served as an important member on the Investment Committee of all funds created by Curzon / AEW with Ric Lewis and Simon Martin since the creation of Curzon Global Partners in 1999. He chaired AEW’s Investment Policy Group and was a voting member of its Investment Committee. As the former head of AEW Research, Doug was responsible for developing a number of the analytical tools now applied to the European markets by AEW Europe. Prior to joining AEW in 1991, Doug was with F.W. Dodge, where he managed real estate and construction forecasting. He has also been manager of Metropolitan Forecasting for DRI/McGraw-Hill. Doug is a past President and member of the Board of Directors of NCREIF and was the Chair of the Real Estate Information Standards Board from 2007 to 2010. He has also been an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the Pension Real Estate Association, which awarded him the Graaskamp Award in 2005 for his high-quality research in the area of institutional investment in real estate. He is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A.).

ANTHONY ORSO

 

Anthony Orso Joins NKF Capital Markets as President of Capital Markets Strategies (PRNewsfoto/NKF Capital Markets). Anthony Orso is an Advisory Board Member to VMD Companies, working closely with senior management on capital raising and deal/fund structuring. Anthony serves as President of Capital Markets Strategies, the securities division of Newmark. Anthony also oversees the operation of Newmark Securities, Newmark's FINRA-registered Broker-Dealer that provides investment banking and corporate finance services to institutional clients, including M&A Advisory, Private REITs, Leverage Finance, Fairness Opinions and Debt Restructuring. Since joining Newmark in 2018, Anthony and his team have closed $6.0 billion in debt and equity financing. Anthony is the Co-Founder and former CEO of CCRE (Cantor Commercial Real Estate), Cantor Fitzgerald's fully integrated commercial and multifamily real estate finance company. During his tenure as CEO, CCRE closed approximately $50 billion in loans and opened locations across the United States. In 2014, CCRE was ranked as the No. 1 Fastest Growing Company by Crain's New York Business. That same year, Anthony was named No. 1 in Commercial Observer's 50 Most Important People in Commercial Real Estate Finance. Prior to CCRE, Anthony was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and Co-Head of the Credit Suisse Real Estate Direct Group, where he was responsible for over $200 billion in North American real estate loans. Anthony also oversaw the expansion of the business in the United States, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Anthony earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Columbia Business School and a Bacherlor of Arts degree from St. John’s University. Active in his community, he serves on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York.

STEVE ANDERSON


Steve Anderson is the Founder and Principal of Hickory Real Estate Advisors. Mr. Anderson was formerly the CEO of LH Charney Associates in New York City, where he oversaw a portfolio consisting of two high-rise office buildings in Times Square and a 250,00 sf shopping center in Manchester, CT.

Prior to joining LHC, he enjoyed a 20-year career in the commercial real estate lending arena as a Managing Director at RBS Greenwich Capital and later Loan Core Capital, where he originated the acquisition loan on One American Legion Highway on behalf of VMD and Atlantic Management. Mr. Anderson’s real estate career began in 1983 as a leasing broker in CBRE’s Midtown New York City office and spanned 15 years with a primary focus on Tenant Representation.

Mr. Anderson lives with his wife in Darien, CT and summers in West Falmouth, MA.

STEPHEN G. MILLER


Stephen G. Miller is currently the Co-President of SB360 Capital Partners, LLC one of the premier asset disposition firms in North America. During his career, Stephen has led the charge on many of the largest multi-asset disposition events and has been able to provide enhanced yields to all constituents. He’s widely recognized as an industry leader in the evolution of the disposition model. Stephen was the Co-CEO of Polaroid, Linens ‘N Things, Bombay, and he served as a member of the board of directors for The Sharper Image.

Stephen’s team led the effort in the acquisition and repositioning of these high-profile brands into a licensing model for the global marketplace. These transactions resulted in successful and profitable turnarounds, and returns to their investors. Stephen Graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

  • ~PATTY L. WILSON

    (Commercial Lender)

    I have been working with V.M.D. since 2010, having financed several commercial real estate investment projects for VMD, as well as providing all their banking needs. VMD has the ability to identify and capitalize on opportunities in the market place, which has fueled the company's success. VMD and its Principal's are very dedicated and hardworking individuals whose ultimate goal is to succeed. In all the transactions that I have worked on with VMD, they have proven success in every instance!
    (Commercial Lender)
  • GARY A. THOMAS

    President, NorthPoint Construction Management, LLC

    We have had the opportunity to work together with VMD and its Managing Member Jim Vitas on several projects. They have a proven team method and instead of dealing with new faces on every project, they will tend to work with some of the the same contractors and vendors who understand the business and how things get done. Jim's ability to bring deals to the table for everyone involved is remarkable. It’s a great combination when we have the opportunity to partner up with them, they are not only easy to work with, which always equates to meeting deadlines, but also, they help everyone to never lose focus on quality and value for the project.
    President, NorthPoint Construction Management, LLC
  • BRIAN E. ROACHE

    Atlantic Retail Properties

    VMD Companies work's diligently to deliver high quality projects to communities and high returns to their investors. Jim's knowledge of all aspects of commercial development set him apart from the competition. He has a keen eye for quality real estate and is among the most creative deal makers I have worked with.
    Atlantic Retail Properties
  • BRIAN SHEEHAN

    Principal, EagleBridge

    V.M.D has a proven track record of locating unique opportunities in high barrier to entry markets even throughout the downturn in 2008. Jim's enthusiasm, energy and foresight are unparalleled and we are proud to be part of the development team he has developed.
    Principal, EagleBridge
  • ROBERT CLARKE

    Vice President of Allen & Major Associates, Inc.

    V.M.D has a proven track record of locating unique opportunities in high barrier to entry markets even throughout the downturn in 2008 . Jim's enthusiasm, energy and foresight are unparalleled and we are proud to be part of the development team he has developed.
    Vice President of Allen & Major Associates, Inc.
  • EQUITY PARTNER

    Limited Partner

    VMD has proven to be a great investment partner. I began working with VMD in 2010. Since then we have acquired multiple commercial properties that were acquired significantly below replacement cost and have been uniquely re-positioned to provide us with income producing asset's. With VMD I feel my money is well protected and no matter the circumstance they have always exceeded my expectations in every instance. I'm excited to continue developing my portfolio with VMD as I feel the growth opportunity is limitless. They are a very solid partner that I will recommend to everyone.
    Limited Partner