Chairman, Buckingham Properties
Years in current role: 4
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Let’s start by saying that I absolutely love what I do and the impact Buckingham Properties has on our community. My absolute favorite part is when I get to play architect. From a lobby design, to a master plan, I still get to design some really fun things!
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?
Working through solutions for tenants who were struggling was a huge challenge — with the understanding that neither party could predict where this pandemic would lead us.
What do you see as the biggest changes in the real estate and construction industries in the next 3-5 years?
The incredible rise of construction costs and unreliable material lead times have put projects on hold and stalled negotiations. Unless these variables get corrected and stabilized, the next few years could be very challenging. Additionally, working remotely has proven successful in many cases and that will certainty influence how many businesses operate going forward.
What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?
My brother, Rick, and I started Construction Rochester 14 years ago and it’s still my favourite event of the year with around 40,000 cans donated annually to Food link. I am also a Trustee at the Strong Museum, Nazareth College and Jewish Senior Life. Each of these organizations plays a critical role in our community. Lastly, I really enjoy my involvement with RDDC and Roc2025. Both groups are focused and motivated to make Rochester the best it can be.
What are you most looking forward to doing as COVID restrictions ease?
I can’t wait to travel with my family, attend a few Bills games and see some great live music.