- Meredith Management
- Who We Are
Meredith Management was founded in 1951 by Sidney Rosenthal. The company initially developed and managed multi-family residential projects, including, in 1969, the first mixed-income “affordable housing” complex financed by Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency (MHFA).
Since John Rosenthal became President in 1983, Meredith has evolved into a full-service real estate company, and substantially expanded its conventionally financed residential and commercial development activities, as well as third-party property management and brokerage services. Since its founding, Meredith has developed, owned or managed over 3,000 apartments, 6,000 condominiums, and over 5 million square feet of commercial space. After a sale in 2000 of 1,200 units of its privately owned residential portfolio, Meredith currently owns over 800 residential units and 250,000 square feet of commercial space. Meredith is in excellent financial condition and currently employs 50 real estate professionals at its offices and properties throughout Massachusetts.
Meredith is currently developing Fenway Center and the MBTA Yawkey Commuter Rail Station in Boston near Fenway Park. With over 50 years of successful residential and commercial development and management, Meredith Management has a proven track record of building quality communities. Its development experience includes the development and constructions of more than 3,000 units of new residential apartments throughout Massachusetts and over six hundred apartments in Houston, Texas.
Meredith also has proven expertise in the development and management of moderate income and luxury condominiums. Meredith developed the first condominium (217 units) in the City of Springfield, MA, and also developed several other successful condominium complexes in Massachusetts, such as Rosemary Ridge (105 units) in Needham, MA. Meredith has also been among the largest managers of condominium properties in Massachusetts, managing over 6,000 condominium and cooperative units, ranging in size from the 38 unit luxury Fisher Hill Estates in Chestnut Hill to the 383 unit Ledgemere in Ashland, MA. In addition to residential properties, Meredith has developed and/or managed significant commercial space, including: the management and sale of Monarch Tower, Springfield, MA, a 400,000 square foot, 25 story, Class A office building; North Hampton Factory Outlet Center, North Hampton, NH, a 177,000 square foot retail center; and Riverwalk, Lawrence, MA, a 1,300,000 square foot office and industrial property.
Through their business and personal accomplishments, Meredith Management and John Rosenthal have also distinguished themselves as active and generous members of the Massachusetts Corporate community. In recognition of their unique contributions, Meredith Management was awarded the Governor’s Employer of the Year and from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Business Partnership Award from the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, and the Employer of the Year award from the Employers Association of Massachusetts. John Rosenthal, President of Meredith Management, is also very active in community issues, including founding two successful non-profit organizations that have helped to significantly reduce both homelessness (Friends of Boston’s Homeless, founded in 1987), and gun violence (Stop Handgun Violence, founded in 1995). Stop Handgun Violence sponsors the 250-foot billboard with gun safety awareness messages on the Mass Turnpike near Fenway Park.
Sidney J. Rosenthal, CPM
Sidney J. Rosenthal, Esquire, founded Meredith Management Corporation in 1951, and has been involved in the development, financing, construction, and management of residential and commercial properties in Massachusetts, Florida and Texas. In 1969, Mr. Rosenthal developed the first mixed-income, multi-family complex in Massachusetts that was financed by Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency. Since that time, he has developed more than 3,000 residential units, as well as over 200,000 square feet of commercial space. As Chairman of Meredith Management, Mr. Rosenthal participates in all strategic decisions and major transactions of the company.
Mr. Rosenthal sits on several Commissions and Advisory Boards, including the Advisory Board of the First Union National Bank, and the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission. He is also the former Chairman of the Board of the Grove Bank for Savings, now part of Citizens Bank. Mr. Rosenthal received a Bachelor’s Degree from St John’s College and a JD degree from Suffolk University.
John E. Rosenthal
John E. Rosenthal is the President of Meredith Management. He is a successful real estate developer and manager in Massachusetts, who owns and manages a large portfolio of residential and commercial properties and who has distinguished himself in his ability to balance corporate and individual responsibility. As a real estate businessperson he is actively involved in creating a sense of community in the residential and commercial properties he develops and manages. He is also deeply committed to social, economic and environmental justice. John spent most of his twenties as a carpenter and community organizer. In 1983 he joined Meredith Management. Since then he has grown the business into a large owner/manager of residential and commercial properties in the state and founded several successful non-profit corporations: Friends of Boston’s Homeless, Stop Handgun Violence, Common Sense About Kids and Guns, and American Hunters and Shooters Association.
Meredith Management currently employees over 50 people and its portfolio includes 800 apartments and over 300,000 square feet of commercial space. In recognition of Meredith Management’s corporate responsibility Meredith has been awarded the Massachusetts Governor’s Employer of the Year Award, the Business Partnership Award from the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers and the Employer of the Year from The Employers Association. Meredith also received a major community service award from MassHousing for creating a housing and treatment program in Southbridge, MA for formerly homeless women with children who are in recovery from substance abuse. Under John’s leadership Meredith Management continues to be an innovator both in providing comfortable living and working environments as well as being an active and socially responsible business.
In 1987 John founded Friends of Boston’s Homeless. Friends is a partnership with the City of Boston and has raised over $20 million to assist Boston’s homeless population to move beyond Shelter. Presently, Friends supports 800 beds that the City of Boston Homeless Services Shelter System provides. The Friends and City partnership is unique in that it has developed a full continuum of services for the homeless from emergency shelter and health services to counseling, job training, work experience, full-time jobs as well as transitional and permanent housing for formerly homeless men and women. Friends is a vehicle for individuals and businesses in the greater Boston area to be a part of the solution to homelessness. As a result, over 150 formerly homeless men and women in Boston are moving beyond shelter with housing and full-time jobs each year.
In 1995, John co-founded Stop Handgun Violence and unveiled a national public awareness campaign about the growing epidemic of handgun violence. This campaign has been symbolized by the mammoth billboard, extending 252 feet long and 20 feet high, on the side of a parking garage that John owns near Boston’s Fenway Park. The billboard campaign has dramatically communicated the extent of the gun violence problem as well as practical solutions without banning guns. The large billboard is visible from the Massachusetts Turnpike and captures the attention of over 200,000 people a day. The billboard campaign has been replicated throughout the United States.
John is a passionate and persistent business and community leader with the ability to balance his professional for profit and non-profit interests. John is a regular commentator on gun violence issues and has appeared on several local and national news programs including the NBC Today Show, CNN’s Larry King Live, and National Public Radio (NPR).
John has received several awards for his leadership and public service including the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award presented by The Boston Jaycees, Person of the Year frm Greater Boston Urban Youth League, and The Boston Celtics’ “Heroes Among Us” award. John currently sits on the following non-profit Boards:
- Friends of Boston’s Homeless, Founder and Chairman
- Stop Handgun Violence, Inc., Co-Founder and Chairman
- Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency Community Services Advisory Board, Chairman
- American Hunters and Shooters Association, Co-Founder
- Common Sense About Kids and Guns, Co-Founder
Jonathan S. Hickok, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Jonathan S. Hickok, CFO, is a Massachusetts CPA and the CFO of Meredith Management. Mr. Hickok has a BA from Colby College and an MS/MBA from Northeastern University. He began his career at Price Waterhouse in the Emerging Business and Tax practices and has been the CFO at Meredith since 1989. At Meredith Mr. Hickok has managed change processes in connection with business growth, dispositions, acquisitions and development, and is responsible for financial reporting, tax planning, accounting systems, human resources, insurance and corporate administration.
Jerry A. Belair, Esq.
Mr. Belair joined Meredith in 1984. Jerry is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and serves as Meredith’s in-house counsel. Jerry has overseen the acquisition, leasing, management, construction and disposition of such diverse properties as condominiums, retail centers, stand-alone retail and office buildings, including the 400,000 square foot Monarch Place in Springfield, Massachusetts. Jerry received his BS degree in biological science from California Polytechnic State University and his JD from Western New England School of Law.
Maureen A. Berkley
Director of Property Management
Ms. Berkley joined Meredith in 1991 as the Director of the Scattered Site Property Management Division. She cultivated a dedicated staff and customized the management and reporting systems necessary to service over 500 scattered 1-10 unit residential properties throughout New England.
Today Maureen directs the management of all properties owned and managed by Meredith and coordinates supportive services for residents with special needs within their portfolio. Prior to joining Meredith, Ms. Berkley spent five years as a Sales Director with a large Boston-based marketing firm specializing in on-site sales of new construction condominiums. Her responsibilities included development and execution of pre- and post-construction marketing plans, selling, sales processing, and transaction coordination for hundreds of condominium units. Ms. Berkley holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University.
John G. Weigel, IV AIA
Project Manager of Fenway Center | Project Manager of Yawkey Station
John G. Weigel, IV AIA has joined the Fenway Center project in the role of Development Project Manager. John brings 36 years of development, design and construction experience, both nationally and internationally. Before joining the Fenway Center team John held key development executive positions at Samuels and Associates, Fenway Ventures and Forest City. Since 1998, John has focused on residential and residential mixed use projects in Boston, Cambridge and the New England Area. Recently completed projects include 1330 Boylston Street, Fenway Triangle Trilogy, 100 Landsdowne Street, Loft 23, 91 Sidney Street, Kennedy Biscuit Lofts and Ashton Mill. John’s experience includes direct responsibility for over 2,500 units of multi-family housing in the US and overseas. In addition, John has completed over 3 million square feet of office and research buildings as well as various above and below grade parking facilities, institutional, religious and educational buildings. The total value of completed projects exceeds $1.5 billion.