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Hospitality Design Veteran Joins MCA as Operations VP 

Hospitality design veteran Scott Durst has joined Mary Cook Associates’ executive leadership team as VP of operations. In this role, he will direct and oversee all business operations and strategic initiatives, and ensure MCA’s values and mission are consistently met. 

Most recently, Durst spent eight years as director of the hospitality interior design studio at The Gettys Group, where his work included notable projects such as the Boston Godfrey Hotel, the Renaissance Allentown, Blackstone Hotel Chicago, the Royal Sonesta Chicago and World of Wine in Portugal. Cook noted this background is an ideal complement to MCA’s current portfolio.  

“From the programming of amenities to the wow-factor designs developers are seeking to differentiate their projects from the competition, multifamily is taking a number of cues from high-end hotels and hospitality spaces,” said Cook. “Scott’s perspective from that arena will align nicely with our firm’s work both creatively as well as operationally.” 


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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. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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