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.
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.
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.
Dave Durgin joined VMD Companies to 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.
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.
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.
Matt Perry joined VMD as President, with a responsibility to help continue to grow the underlying business and develop additional business verticals to create a multi-dimensional private equity and real estate investment platform.
Prior to VMD, Matt was the Chief Operating Officer for a real estate investment firm focused on residential and commercial assets. His responsibilities included acquisitions from due diligence to close, including the oversight of the transaction structure, asset management, value-add and development creation, and potential brokerage in capital markets. He also was in charge of identifying new business opportunities and growth strategies for investment. Matt comes to VMD with over a decade of experience in the industry across varying asset classes, from single family to high-end hospitality to mixed-use industrial.
Matt graduated from High Point University with a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Communication.
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 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
Steve Anderson is the Founder and CEO of Hickory Real Estate Advisors. Mr. Anderson has also served as 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.
David Douvadjian Sr. joined Newmark in 2016 as head of the firm’s Boston-based debt group. In this role, he leads a five-person team that primarily executes debt and equity placements throughout New England. Capital sources include local, regional and national banks, life insurance companies, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and debt funds with a recent expansion into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Mr. Douvadjian works closely with Newmark’s Boston Capital Markets team, one of the leading investment sales groups in the country with specialties including office, industrial, retail, medical and multi-family assets. He assists in securing financing for acquisition and development transactions overseen by this group in addition to cross-selling its services.
In his 34-year career, Mr. Douvadjian has been involved in more than $10 billion worth of transactions spanning the full spectrum of product types, including suburban and Downtown office, industrial, multi-family, hotel and retail assets as well as new developments. Highlights during his tenure at Newmark Capital Markets include: 300 Baker Avenue (suburban office), 1200 Beacon Street (hotel), Dot Block (multi-family development), 75-101 Federal Street (Downtown office/retail) and Rustcraft Corporate Center (suburban office/industrial). With the ability to follow his clients throughout the country, Mr. Douvadjian’s client roster includes a variety of well-respected local, regional and national firms.
Mr. Douvadjian previously served as the executive managing director of capital markets and a member of the executive committee at Colliers. There, he placed several billion dollars of financing and private placement loans for office, industrial, multi-family and retail assets throughout New England, including New Balance’s brand-new build-to-suit world headquarters facility in Brighton, Massachusetts.
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.
David is an accomplished Senior Executive and Board Member, with demonstrated success across the capital markets, investment banking, bond, financial services, fundraising, and commercial real estate industries. He has completed over $17.9 Billion in transactions. Leveraging extensive experience in financial analysis for investment banking and commercial real estate companies, he is a valuable asset for companies of all sizes and sectors, seeking assistance with expansion and sales. His broad areas of expertise include investment management, M&A, negotiations, due diligence and strategic planning.
Throughout his executive career, David has held leadership positions with U.S. Capital Realty Trust, Cushman & Wakefield, Jones Lang LaSalle and ORIX Capital Markets. In his current role as Chief Investment Officer with US Capital Realty Trust, he has been responsible for placing $50MM in equity into various investments, and managing their performance successfully. In a prior role as Managing Director of Acquisitions and Capital Markets with U.S. Capital Realty Trust, he proved instrumental in managing and investing $49MM in equity, as well as evaluating and implementing acquisition, disposition, partnership and capital raising activities for the privately held real estate firm. He also played an integral part interacting with investors and deal sourcing through his established network across the U.S. and internationally. Moreover, as a Senior Director of the Capital Markets Group with Cushman and Wakefield, and a Senior Vice President with Jones Lang LaSalle, he completed capital markets transactions across the country, directed the development of a capital markets platform, and leveraged strong domestic and global investor relations, to facilitate capital introduction into the national marketplace.
David holds a BA in History from Southern Methodist University, and an MS in Real Estate Development from Texas A&M University. He currently holds board positions with U.S. Capital Realty Trust, Bravura Solutions and the Non-Profit Pictures of Promise Organization.
Mr. W. Todd Jensen has more than 23 years and $5 Billion of experience in commercial real estate development, investment and management. He most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Healthcare Trust Inc., a $2.5 Billion public, non-traded real estate investment trust, from December 2015 until September 2018 after previously serving as Chief Investment Officer and Executive Vice President for its predecessor and affiliates, ARC Healthcare Trust I, II and III from March 2011 until his appointment as President of Healthcare Trust, Inc.
In his capacity as CIO, Mr. Jensen was instrumental in helping raise and invest more than $4.5 Billion of equity in healthcare real estate. Previously, Mr. Jensen worked for The DASCO Companies, as Senior Vice President from January 2009 to February 2011, helping to grow its healthcare-related real estate development business.
Prior to that time, Mr. Jensen served as Senior Vice President and Healthcare Partner at Lauth Property Group, where he started and led the national Healthcare Group from August 2003 to September 2008, including being recognized as the eighth largest medical developer in the nation in 2008 according to Modern Healthcare Magazine. Earlier in his career, he was a Partner and Regional Vice President at Hammes Company from 1995 to 2003 where he initiated and managed relationships with senior management of client organizations and capital partners, founded and managed the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regional offices and helped that company achieve its initial top rankings in Modern Healthcare Magazine. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Jensen worked as Assistant Vice President of Citicorp Securities in its Real Estate Capital Markets group. Mr. Jensen received a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Kalamazoo College and an MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
A 1984 graduate of the University of Vermont’s College of Engineering & Mathematics, Steven Keach is a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer in the States of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine & Connecticut. Upon relocating to New Hampshire, Mr. Keach practiced civil engineering at two established consulting firms prior to co-founding Keach-Nordstrom Associates (KNA) in 1994. Today, Mr. Keach serves as KNA’s President and Principal Civil Engineer. Although he remains active in planning, design and permitting functions for a wide variety of public and private sector land development and infrastructure improvement projects, for the past decade, Mr. Keach has primarily focused on managing KNA’s municipal client assignments.
Today, Mr. Keach and KNA serve as consultants to approximately a dozen New Hampshire communities, providing a wide range of engineering, planning and technical support services on an on-going basis. In addition, Mr. Keach continues to provide KNA’s municipal clients with assistance in preparing and maintaining land use regulations, zoning ordinances, capital improvement programs and master plans. As a resident of Merrimack, Mr. Keach has served his community as a planning board member, assistant town moderator, scout leader and youth sports coach.