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Anne has over 30 years of strategic, management, financial, and commercial real estate experience, providing real estate advice to emerging and new economy companies. For the past 25 years Anne has been president of Columbia Group Realty Advisors, where she has completed hundreds of real estate transactions worth more than $1.5 billion for clients in Boston and around the world. Prior to Columbia Group, Anne worked on the leasing team at Tishman Speyer Properties in New York City and in Boston for Centros Properties, a British real estate development firm.
Anne’s professional accomplishments have been widely recognized by her peers and she has received the following awards over the years:
• Thames Valley, United Kingdom – Real Estate Executive of the Year 2015
• Suburban Office Deal of the Year Award – Greater Boston Real Estate Board 2013
• Life Science Deal of the Year Award – Greater Boston Real Estate Board 2005
• Distinguished Achievement in Investment Sales Award – Greater Boston Real Estate Board 1999
Anne has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MALD from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a BA from Smith College. Anne is a leader in the community; she serves as Board Chair for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, is a member of the Visiting Committee at Dana Farber Women’s Cancers Center and past Treasurer of the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA. In 2016 Anne was an official member of Massachusetts Governor Baker’s mission to Israel.
Patrick Downey has 6 years experience at Columbia Group, where he has led or supported over 90 lease transactions totaling over 1 million square feet. As an in-house consultant at TripAdvisor, Patrick developed, deployed, and managed internal reporting systems for occupancy metrics, key dates, and comprehensive global real estate portfolio data. Prior to joining Columbia Group, Patrick worked with the Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development, and O’Neill & Associates, a Boston-based lobbying and public relations firm. Patrick has a BA in government from Harvard College.
Patrick is currently the chair of the Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA). In that role, he serves as a liaison between MHSA and third party professionals to match their skills to policy issues and projects important to MHSA’s mission.
Ann Cho is President of Exactus Portfolio Management, where she provides portfolio administration services to commercial clients such as TripAdvisor, Pfizer, General Re Corporation, Avon Products, , and others. Previously, she consulted to Jones Lang LaSalle, Business Integration Group and Cushman & Wakefield, designing the platforms for their portfolio administration services delivered to their Fortune 500 companies. At Exactus, Ann has over 15 years of successful implementations of portfolio management products such as ProLease, Harbor Flex, Tririga, Accruent, Virtual Premise, eCenterOne, Strategen, CREDOnet, CorpSuiteand other customized databases.
She has considerable experience transitioning both foreign and domestic leased and owned properties to various databases, and currently her team manages web-based portfolio information and A/P systems for several dozen companies across the United States. Ann received her BA in finance and real estate and her MBA from California State University at Northridge.