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Executive Team

David Zussman, Chairman of the Board 

617-332-6400 ext.214

A leader and pioneer in residential and commercial real estate David Zussman founded what was to become Boston Development Group (BDG) in 1956. He has won 10 national awards for excellence in design, construction and development. In 1975 Mr. Zussman created First General Realty Corp., a management and leasing company that manages Boston Development Group’s diverse portfolio of buildings. His firm has developed, constructed, marketed and managed apartments, condominiums, offices, hotels, senior communities and retail along the East Coast of the United States from Buffalo, NY to Florida. He received his BA in economics from Tufts University and attended graduate school at NYU school of Business and Harvard University School of Design.

Jodie Zussman, President

617-332-6400 ext.221

Ms. Zussman began her career in Philadelphia, where she worked for a major developer and subsequently worked for Grubb and Ellis before staring her own third-party property management company. She has over 35 years of diversified real estate experience in property management, leasing, brokerage, and construction. Currently, as Chief Operating Officer of Boston Development Group she oversees the entire management, leasing and construction departments of the BDG portfolio. Jodie is a 1981 graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science Degree.

James Curtin, CFO

617-332-6400 ext.211

Mr. Curtin has been with Boston Development Group continuously since 1985. He is responsible for overseeing finance, accounting and financial reporting, tax compliance, administration and capital market activity. He has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate investment and financing and has many long term local and national banking relationships. Jim is a 1979 graduate of Boston College with a BS degree in Accounting and Computer Science.

Robert (Bob) Doherty, VP Leasing

617-332-6400 ext.218

Bob joined Boston Development Group in 2015. He has over 35 years of leasing and brokerage experience having worked most of the time for the Related Companies. Bob has traveled both nationally and internationally while working for EMC. He is a valued member of the Boston real estate community and a key member of our executive team.

Debbie Peck, Executive Vice President

617-332-6400 ext.213

Debbie joined BDG in 1984 in development, sales and marketing, working on a diversity of projects from the inception of luxury congregate housing units in Boston, to the historic rehabilitation of a high-end residential renovation in Back Bay, to the first condominium conversions in Cambridge.  She now oversees human resources, marketing and charitable concerns. Debbie received her B.A. from Tufts University and is an active member of the National Association of Realtors.

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