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BOSTON (November 20, 2013) – WinnCompanies, an award-winning national real estate
development and property management company, announced today that Michael O’Brien
has been hired as executive vice president.
O’Brien, who submitted his resignation this morning as the city manager of Worcester,
Mass., will begin his new role on Jan. 6, 2014, and will be responsible for corporate
management, strategic planning, and financial and client relationships at WinnDevelopment
and WinnResidential.
“As one of the nation’s most successful city managers, Mike is an impressive executive
talent who will immediately contribute to the excellence, innovation and drive that is at the
core of all that we do,” said Michael T. Putziger, Chairman of the Board of WinnCompanies.
“He understands the critical role that high quality property development and management
can play in the success of a community. We’re happy to welcome him to the leadership of
our company.”
As chief executive in Worcester, O’Brien successfully implemented multiple programs to
spur economic development and improve neighborhoods. Worcester is currently rated one
of the safest communities in the country, among cities with a population of 100,000 or
more, and is experiencing more than $1.3 billion in planned or current economic
development activity.
“What has always impressed me about WinnCompanies is the fact it sets uncompromising
standards of excellence and keeps its promises,” O’Brien said. “I am excited about the
opportunity to step into this newly created role and to strengthen the company’s
commitment to enriching the lives of the communities and people we serve.”
In Worcester, O’Brien spearheaded "Buy Worcester Now," a new private-public partnership
between the city, banks, lending institutions, local companies, non-profit agencies, realtors
and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to generate new market demand for all available
housing options in Worcester and to assist qualified, responsible buyers in purchasing a
home. He also established five Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas, each focused
specifically on issues relative to housing, code enforcement, commercial storefront
improvements and job training.
Also under his leadership, the $563 million CitySquare project led to the completion of a
$50 million campus for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, a new
Hilton Garden Inn, the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, the Regional Justice
Center, a 500-space parking garage at the historic Union Station and the Worcester
Polytechnic Institute Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park.
About WinnCompanies
WinnCompanies is an award-winning national real estate company that specializes in the
acquisition and redevelopment of residential and mixed-use properties, and the
management of affordable and market-rate housing. Winn is a long-term owner-operator of

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real estate, and is known for its innovations in historic re-use, financing and environmental
sustainability. Through the efforts of WinnResidential, WinnDevelopment and WinnMilitary, it
has become the largest military housing manager, the largest affordable housing manager
and the sixth largest property management company in the United States. The company’s
more than 3,000 employees across 24 states are committed to delivering excellence every