Meet Greg Vasil, CEO, Greater Boston Real Estate Board
The 125-year-old board (that makes them older than the Red Sox), the nation’s oldest real estate trade association, is dealing with some of the region’s newest issues and trends, Greg tells us. As a member of the transition team of Marty Walsh, Boston’s first new mayor in 20 years, Greg is helping to formulate private sector solutions to homelessness with developers such as Winn, Beacon Communities, and Schochet. He and GBREB are suggesting guidelines to implement the energy report card that will score office, retail, hotel, and industrial properties on energy efficiency starting this spring.
As projects like Millennium’s Millennium Tower at the former Filene’s site (above) further the rebirth of the Financial District and other downtown neighborhoods, Greg and GBREB are weighing in on how to promote job growth. To have office development match the wave of multifamily projects being built downtown, he suggests examining possible new subsidies and tax breaks for businesses growing in the region. Meeting with companies operating here but based elsewhere, Greg would like to learn what might motivate them to expand in Boston. Trained as an attorney, Greg also worked for the state on environmental issues for 11 years.