BOSTON–Tom Andrews, a longtime player in life-science real estate in Northeast and who abruptly resigned his post as head of Boston office of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. recently, will continue as NAIOP Massachusetts’ 2021 president.
“Tom Andrews will remain the 2021 NAIOP Massachusetts President,” NAIOP Massachusetts CEO Tamara Small told Boston Real Estate Times in a statement. “We and our Board Management Committee look forward to working with him in the new year.”
NAIOP Massachusetts represents the interests of companies involved with the development, ownership, management and financing of commercial properties. NAIOP’s close to 1,700 members are involved with more than 240 million square feet of office, research & development, industrial, mixed use, retail and institutional space, as well as over 50,000 apartment units in the Commonwealth, valued at around $40 billion.
Mr. Andrews, who has been with Alexandria for more than two decades, resigned as co-president and regional market director effective Dec. 30, 2020. Alexandria has appointed Hunter Kass, 38, as executive vice president and regional market director for Greater Boston, effective Jan. 1. Previously, Kass served as the company’s senior vice president and strategic market director for Greater Boston.
In his role at Alexandria, Mr. Andrews focused on the company’s overall strategic operations and led its Greater Boston asset base and operations. He has been Regional Market Director of Greater Boston, with increasing responsibility related to the role, since joining Alexandria in 1999.
With 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, Mr. Andrews has a proven track record and leading reputation within the real estate, life science, and technology communities.
During his 20-year tenure at Alexandria, Mr. Andrews steered the transformative growth of Greater Boston into the company’s largest region, which is home to three of Alexandria’s most prominent life science and technology campuses—Alexandria Technology Square, Alexandria Center at Kendall Square, and Alexandria Center at One Kendall Square—in the heart of Cambridge.
As Regional Market Director of Greater Boston, Mr. Andrews led the strategic acquisition of multiple value-added properties; diligently managed on-time, on-budget development projects; and cultivated and maintained key tenant relationships.
Prior to Alexandria, Mr. Andrews worked at the Massachusetts Biotechnology Research Park in Worcester, Massachusetts, from 1988 to 1999, serving first as Assistant Director and later as Executive Director. The Massachusetts Biotechnology Research Park is believed to be the first purpose-built biotechnology research park in the country.
Mr. Andrews serves on the boards of the Massachusetts chapter of NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association and the Kendall Square Association and is a member of the Economic Development Advisory Group of Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio).
He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and his Master of Science in Real Estate Development degree from the Center for Real Estate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.