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When commercial real state veteran Kevin Phelan arrives at his office in Boston around 5:30 every morning, he contemplates the power of success — though not necessarily his own.
Having been in the industry for more than 40 years, Phelan said it is gratifying to see some of the developers he started out with as rookies now thriving.
“It's fun seeing their successes. I started with these people from ground zero,” he said.
For a man who calls “charitable giving” his biggest extravagance, he is not devoid of his own personal triumphs in the commercial real estate market. Phelan joined Colliers International in 1978 and helped create the mortgage finance department, now called the Capital Markets Group.
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