New York Executives

Paul F. Ciminelli, President and Chief Executive Officer

As President and CEO of Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation, Mr. Ciminelli has been instrumental in spearheading many of our company's key projects over the past three decades, including:

·       The development of Conventus, Ciminelli’s largest project to date at 350,000 sf

·       Contracting with KeyBank (formerly First Niagara Bank) to provide facilities management services for its 4,000,000 square feet of space across NY, PA & CT

·       The formation of Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation, Ciminelli Real Estate Services of Florida and Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation of Canada

·       The formation of Allpro Parking, LLC, Western New York's premier parking operator 

·       The purchase of the former Federal Reserve Building in downtown Buffalo, and its redevelopment for New Era Cap Company

He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Certificate of Finance from the University's School of Management. Mr. Ciminelli is a member of the inaugural class of Harvard University's Executive Program, "Running A Private Real Estate Company." As a strong proponent of the Buffalo Niagara region, he is also actively involved in many civic, professional and nonprofit organizations.

Dennis M. Penman, Executive Vice President/Principal

With more than 40 years in the real estate industry, Mr. Penman brings a wide range of experience to the Ciminelli team. In his role, he focuses on seeking and procuring real estate development and investment opportunities in the Western New York market and beyond.

Mr. Penman is the past President of the New York State Builders Association, Buffalo Niagara Builders Association, and Vice President of the National Association of Home Builders. Additionally, he served as a Commissioner on the United States Congress Millennial Housing Commission and is a Board Member and Vice Chairman of the Buffalo Urban Development Corp., the immediate past Chairman of the Erie County Industrial Agency and current President of Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation. Mr. Penman has also taken on major leadership roles on behalf of the region's health care systems. 

James M. Gottstine, Chief Operating Officer

In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations at Ciminelli, Mr. Gottstine is responsible for overseeing real estate services functions in support of 15 million square feet of owned, managed and developed commercial real estate in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Florida. 

In his role, he works directly with the President & CEO to establish and accomplish organizational goals and objectives, as well as strategic plans for the company.  He is responsible for obtaining, negotiating and closing commercial real estate loans for the development and portfolio projects, and acts as the liaison between the company and regional economic development agencies and financial institutions. Mr. Gottstine holds a CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) accreditation, a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Canisius College, with a concentration in Finance.

Denise M. Juron-Borgese, Vice President of Development and Planning, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Ms. Juron-Borgese is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the development team, and also serves as the project lead on several development initiatives for Ciminelli.  The scope of those responsibilities consists of client relations, site planning, entitlements, community engagement, consultant management, budget and schedule oversight, design coordination, construction administration and transition of new buildings to our Property Management team. 

She is a licensed Architect in New York State, earned undergraduate degrees in Architecture and English from SUNY at Buffalo, holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction.  Ms. Juron-Borgese is a founding member of the Buffalo Architecture Foundation, Inc. for which she has served as a past-president and is currently on the Board of Directors. She is also an Associate Member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Interior Design at the State University of New York College at Buffalo.

Anne E. Duggan, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Ms. Duggan oversees all aspects of marketing and communications for the company. She supervises the planning and development of all corporate marketing initiatives, and manages the content and flow of all outbound communications, including media relations, corporate and project websites, digital marketing, social media, and all other marketing initiatives. Ms. Duggan is also responsible for creating and maintaining corporate and property marketing plans and budgets, and coordinating all aspects of new project proposals.

She is a member of the American Marketing Association and has served as an officer on the Board of Directors for the FBI Citizens' Academy Alumni Association. Ms. Duggan holds a B.A. in Communications from Canisius College.

T. Aaron Hofrichter – Controller, CPA

Mr. Hofrichter’s background in corporate finance and accounting ensures a high level of detail and analysis, coupled with creation of and adherence to proven reporting procedures across the entire portfolio of real estate properties and services at Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation.  He is responsible for overseeing the entire accounting function for Ciminelli, including all corporate reporting to internal and external customers along with the monthly accounting and reporting for all properties and ownership groups.   He coordinates all audits and reviews done by outside CPA firms as well as the tax returns and tax filings for over 120 different entities.  He oversees rental and other income collections for all managed properties as well as the corporate billings for management services.

Mr. Hofrichter earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from West Virginia University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.  He is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, and a Member of the New York State Society of CPA’s.   

Christopher M. Keenan - Vice President of Property Management, LEED AP, RPA, FMA

Mr. Keenan is responsible for overseeing and providing leadership for all Property Management activities in New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.  This includes the planning and oversight for all property finances, including operating and capital budgets, project management, utility analysis and work order processing, and the review and tracking of all tenant and capital improvements.  The scope of Mr. Keenan’s responsibilities necessitates daily interaction with the leasing, finance, development and construction departments.

Mr. Keenan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois, and is a LEED Accredited Professional with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

 

Robert G. McDonnell, Senior Vice President of Brokerage Services, CCIM

Mr. McDonnell oversees all leasing initiatives for Ciminelli Properties, LLC, Key Success, LLC, and various other clients.  Additionally, he provides a variety of real estate services for First Niagara Bank including tenant representation, disposition and acquisition.  Mr. McDonnell is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in New York State, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson in Pennsylvania, and holds a CCIM accreditation (Certified Commercial Investment Member), in addition to a B.A. in English and Communications, with a minor in Marketing from John Carroll University.

Michael L. Miller – Project Manager

Mr. Miller is responsible for coordinating Ciminelli’s entire interior construction process for our clients, from initial space planning through substantial completion.  He has over 25 years of diverse experience in commercial construction.   Mr. Miller coordinates projects ranging from 500 - 125,000 square feet, including budgeting, space planning and furniture planning, and implementation of the entire project through substantial completion, using a variety of interior construction systems. 

As Project Manager, Mr. Miller is responsible for project schedule development and management, project budgeting, estimating and value engineering, and management of the entire construction process. 

Mariann C. Stiles –  Senior Human Resources Manager

A seasoned human resources professional, Ms. Stiles has extensive experience in HR compliance, recruitment, training, organizational development and performance management. Her responsibilities at Ciminelli include recruiting, interviewing and assessing job candidates, creation and administration of employee training and development programs, and the facilitation of strategic planning initiatives.

Ms. Stiles earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York (R.I.T.) and holds certifications in assessment administration for DiSC, Workplace Big 5, and the Birkman Method™. 

Christopher J. Udy – Director of Finance, CCIM

A seasoned financial executive, Mr. Udy has extensive experience in finance, accounting, budgeting, strategic planning, financial reporting and analysis, and change management. His responsibilities at Ciminelli include asset management and financial analysis, mortgage loan negotiations, insurance and risk management, oversight of property management of all Section 8 properties, and coordination of company-wide IT projects and services.


Mr. Udy has developed strong relationships with local and regional financial institutions and lenders as well as municipalities as he works to deliver the most value while reducing vulnerability to risk from the assets we manage on behalf of our clients.  He holds a CCIM designation, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the State University of New York at Geneseo, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

Florida Executives

Thomas C. McGeachy, Principal, CCIM, CPM, RPA

Mr. McGeachy oversees all aspects of leasing, sales and business development for our Florida offices. He has more than two decades of commercial real estate experience in asset management, property management, leasing, sales, strategic planning, financial analysis and acquisition due diligence. His designations and licenses include Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), Certified Property Manager (CPM), Real Property Administrator (RPA) and Licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Florida. Mr. McGeachy is past President of the West Coast District of the Florida CCIM Chapter. He holds a B.A. in General Business from Stetson University and an M.B.A. from Babson College.

J. Hunter Swearingen, Principal, CCIM, CPM, RPA

Mr. Swearingen brings more than 20 years of experience in asset management, receivership, leasing, acquisition and disposition services to overseeing all of our property management operations in Florida. He holds the designations of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), Certified Property Manager (CPM) and Real Property Administrator (RPA). Mr. Swearingen is actively involved in the Greater Bay area community through a number of professional and charitable organizations, including the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Hillsborough Education Foundation, National Association of Office and Industrial Property (NAIOP), University of Florida College of Real Estate Advisory Board and the University of Tampa Board of Fellows. He is the past President of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), West Coast Florida Chapter, and Treasurer for the local CCIM Chapter. Mr. Swearingen graduated from the University of Tampa with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Marketing. He is a lifelong Florida resident and U.S. Navy veteran.