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national   /   August 21, 2020

Paul Bubny
By: Paul Bubny

2020 Next Generation Honoree: BioMed Realty’s Colleen O'Connor Recognized for Initiative, Intelligence

As a first-generation college student with no prior connections to the industry, Colleen O’Connor decided to pursue real estate as a career because she was interested in the tangible and transformative power of the business. In 2014, O’Connor joined BioMed Realty, a Blackstone portfolio company, as an associate supporting the company’s East Coast portfolio.

O’Connor was able to leverage her previous experience in the accounting and finance industries as well as her innate business savvy to establish relationships in the real estate, venture capital and science communities. In January, 2020, O’Connor was promoted to vice president of leasing for the East Coast and U.K. Markets for BioMed Realty.

At BioMed Realty, O’Connor spearheads all leasing, redevelopment and asset management efforts for a nearly 5 million square-foot life science real estate portfolio across two continents. While O’Connor’s portfolio remained 98+% leased throughout 2019, she was successful in completing an additional 550,000 square feet of leasing across 18 deals. Within the past year, O’Connor’s role expanded to include the U.K. region. She was quick to take initiative in understanding the market’s dynamics and establish key contacts.

These are just a few of the reasons we chose O'Connor to be one of the Boston region’s 2020 Next Generation Award Winners. Connect Media’s fourth annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism.
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