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Roz Gorin, President and Managing Principal, HN Gorin

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Roz Gorin, President and Managing Principal, HN Gorin

Roz is the third generation to lead the family’s 105-year-old company with holdings that have exceeded 5M SF of offices, 1M SF of industrial space, 700 residential units and a variety of retail (standalone and arcade). Now, it’s focusing on build-to-suit industrial; its latest project is a 260k SF facility in Lakeville where 20% of US cranberries are stored. In 1970, Roz got into the business started by her grandfather’s acquisition of triple deckers in Woburn. It was “inescapable” that she would join the company although back then, it was still a struggle for women. She flourished by finding a “brilliant” advisor, DLA Piper’s Elliot Surkin, and by constantly reinventing herself. Her role model: Max Kargman, a real estate investor who at age 96 died at his desk. She’s drawn by real estate’s great people and unpredictableness—up one day, down the other. Advice: be a pioneer, have a mentor and be persistent.