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executive team

Executive Team

David Zussman
CEO and Chairman
Tel: 617-332-6400 ext.14

James Curtin
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: 617-332-6400 ext.11

Jodie Zussman
Chief Operating Officer
Tel. 617-332-6400 ext.21

Debra Peck
Executive Vice President
Strategic Planning
Tel. 617-332-6400 ext.13

Robert (Bob) Doherty
Vice President, Leasing
Tel. 617-332-6400 ext.18



Jodie Zussman, Executive Vice President

Jodie joined Boston Development Group with over 25 years of Property Management, Leasing and Development experience. Previously she worked for Hansen Properties and Grubb & Ellis Co. in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania in the capacity of Vice President. She then went on to establish her own Property Management Company in the Philadelphia area. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University.

Debra Peck, Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning

Debbie joined BDG in 1984 in development, sales and marketing; supervising interior design and development on a variety of projects, from the inception of luxury congregate housing units in Boston, to the historic rehabilitation of a 90 unit high-end residential renovation in the Back Bay and the first condominium conversions in Harvard Square, Cambridge. After taking a hiatus to raise a family, Debbie has returned to BDG and is responsible for overseeing Human Resources, Marketing, and directing in-house IT and Sustainability development. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University and holds an active Massachusetts Broker’s license.

Robert (Bob) Doherty

Bob joined Boston Development Group, coming from CRA, following a long tenure at The Beal Companies where he was responsible for leasing a number of major office and retail assets in Greater Boston. Bob’s involvement in major real estate markets throughout the U.S. and abroad, positions him as a key player on the BDG team.



James Curtin, CFO, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Having been with the company since 1985, Jim has been responsible for overseeing finance, accounting and financial reporting, tax compliance, administration, and all capital market activity, as well as working closely with the development and management groups.  With over 30+ years of experience in the industry, he is a real estate finance and management professional with extensive experience in all aspects of real estate investment, development and management. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College.

David ZussmanDavid Zussman, CEO and Chairman

A leader and pioneer in residential and commercial real estate, David Zussman founded the roots of Boston Development Group in 1956.  He has since won ten national awards for excellence in design, construction and development of real estate.  In 1975, Mr. Zussman founded First General Realty Corp., a real estate management company that manages Boston Development Group’s diverse portfolio and that of related parties.  His firm has developed, constructed, marketed and managed apartments, condominiums, offices, hotels, senior communities and retail along the east coast of the United States, from Buffalo to Florida.
Zussman has been an officer of the Massachusetts Home Builders Association and Rental Housing Association, President of the Massachusetts Kidney Foundation, Chairman of the non-profit, “Lesson One,” as well as an advocate of “CASEL” and “Social and Emotional Learning.” He has been an Overseer of Tufts University and of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and a Corporator of Massachusetts General Hospital.

He has been principal of a shipbuilding firm involved in a joint venture with the People’s Republic of China, has been publisher of a theatre program book called Stagebill, in Branson, Missouri, and is the inventor of a process for making baked potato chips.
Zussman graduated from Lawrence Academy, received his BA in economics from Tufts University and attended graduate school at NYU School of Business and Harvard University School of Design.

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