John Halsey to lead business development at suburban commercial real estate firm
Reading, MA — Woburn-based commercial real estate developer Cummings Properties has named John Halsey, a Reading native, as its leasing manager. Halsey will oversee the firm’s business development efforts across 10 of the 11 suburban communities in which it operates.
Halsey joined Cummings in 2016. As an account manager, he developed relationships with existing leasing clients and cultivated new client prospects. Initially assigned 10 accounts, he steadily amassed a portfolio of 160 client firms and recently set a departmental record for the newest leases signed in a single year.
“John has demonstrated impressive business acumen,” said Cummings Properties president Eric Anderson. “His conscientious, strategic approach to sales and relationship management will help us tap new markets as well as expand the significant business, science, technology, and medical clusters present throughout our portfolio.”
In addition to leading a six-member leasing team, Halsey will formulate leasing strategies, foster industry relationships, and spearhead new lease negotiations.
“Cummings has provided me with many opportunities for professional development,” said Halsey. “I’m excited to take on a leadership role that will allow me to have a meaningful impact on the growth of the organization as a whole.”
Prior to Cummings, Halsey served as an associate director in Endicott College’s Advancement Department and a senior account manager at SmartSports, a sports technology firm. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Endicott College.
A Reading native, Halsey now lives in Wakefield with his wife, Hillary, and their infant son, Connor. He is a lifelong baseball enthusiast and an active member of the Reading High School and Endicott College baseball alumni clubs, having served as a volunteer coach in the past.
Cummings Properties’ 360 employees have an average tenure of 10 years, according to Anderson. The firm has in-house expertise in a variety of disciplines, including all the construction trades, plus architecture, engineering, sales, graphic design, accounting, and legal.
Cummings Properties’ 10 million square feet of prime space accommodates executive suites, healthcare facilities, laboratories, offices, retail storefronts, warehouses, and more. Most of its properties are owned by Cummings Foundation, with 100 percent of all rental profits supporting hundreds of local charities. The Cummings organization has awarded more than $280 million to greater Boston nonprofits to date and is currently considering proposals for $25 million in funding, to be awarded in June. More information is available at cummings.com.