Russ DeMartino and Jim Labeck Join Historic Boston’s Board of Directors

Russ DeMartino and Jim Labeck Join Historic Boston’s Board of Directors

HBI is happy to announce that Russell DeMartino and James Labeck were elected to HBI’s Board of Directors at the end of 2016. While we are excited to see our board grow, we also said farewell to Susan Silberberg, who has stepped down from the Board this month. Susan served on HBI’s board for over 7 years and we are grateful for her commitment and enthusiasm for HBI’s mission.

HBI is very pleased to have the addition of these talented new board members:

Russell DeMartino

Vice President, Skanska Development, Boston, MA

Russ is responsible for managing multiple aspects of Skanska USA Commercial Development projects in Boston as well as sourcing of new development opportunities. He has been in the real estate development industry for 13 years and in the Boston community for eight years. He has experience with the development, design and construction of retail, R.-DeMartino-Headshot-NEWcondominium and mixed-use office projects.

Prior to joining Skanska, Russ was Senior Director of Design and Construction with Tishman Speyer Properties, working on the Pier 4 office and condominium mixed-use project. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Development with Vornado Realty Trust where he completed the Bryant Back Bay condominium Project in Boston, as well as condominium projects in California and Florida. With Vornado he also developed several large-scale mixed-use retail projects in Florida and New Jersey, as well as the acquisition and entitlements of the One Franklin mixed-use Tower (now known as the Millennium Tower).

Russ graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1993 with a BS in Civil Engineering and served as a helicopter pilot and Air Cavalry Officer for eight years in the US Army. In 2003 he received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute.

James Labeck

Principal, TEND LLC

Jim Labeck founded TEND in 2013 as a vehicle to work with organizations to manage change with thoughtful planning and strategic vision. Jim served as the Project Director and Director for 1bee4b7Operations for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s $114 million, Renzo Piano extension project. The Gardner Museum project has served as a model for staff and governance contributing to the development of an innovative and bold vision, carefully and strategically implemented, that transformed the organization and prepared the museum for its second century.

Jim Labeck has broad experience planning and managing organizational change, crafting staff and governance strategic planning processes, supervising design and construction teams, and managing complex projects. Jim has worked in Boston for 30 years, including for the Boston Landmarks Commission as a planner and for Historic Boston Incorporated as a project manager. He lives in Charlestown with his wife and family and holds a BA in English and History from the University of Connecticut, and an MBA from Boston University.