About Us

What’s in a Name?

The story of our name begins with Charles Irving, founder of Irving and Casson A.H. Davenport and the grandfather of our firm’s co-principal, Chuck Irving. Charles Irving was a 19th century master carpenter whose Boston-based company, Irving & Casson, specialized in woodwork. In 1914, the firm merged with the A. H. Davenport Company to create a nationally recognized design and furniture business. The client list included the Woolworths, Vanderbilts, and Roosevelts. Employing more than 10,000 skilled workers, the firm became known for commissions at the White House, Duke University, The National Cathedral, University of Pittsburgh, and the Royal Palace in Hawaii. It’s last major work was the U.N. Headquarters in New York.

The original Davenport Company was known for its keen sense of design, unique workmanship, and commitment to community — qualities the modern-day Davenport Companies seek to embody.

 

Team Bios

Chuck Irving

Charles (Chuck) Irving

Principal
Chuck Irving has more than 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. He is involved in all aspects of development, including land acquisitions, master planning, entitlement, design, programming, and leasing. In addition to his commercial development work, he oversees Davenport’s strategic direction and is the principal in charge of asset management and value-add scope of services.

Under Chuck’s leadership, Davenport served as MGM Resort International’s local development partner in creating MGM Springfield — a one million square-foot resort casino which opened in the spring of 2018. The project includes a 4-star hotel, 200,000 square feet of office space, 150,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, and a world-class casino. It is the largest commercial development in the history of Western Massachusetts.

His most recent project is the historic renovation of the Jeep Willy’s Overland building in Springfield, MA, which was severely damaged by a gas explosion in 2012. The protective renovation of this important structure creates a transit orientated market rate apartment complex, The Overland Lofts, with restaurant and retail at street level. The Overland renewal initiates development in the city’s long-awaited Opportunity Zone, a three-block area devastated by the 2012 explosion. The Overland Lofts are scheduled to open in 2020. Davenport has acquired land and buildings for 250 additional apartments.
Chuck began his career at Cushman and Wakefield and later worked at Cabot, Cabot, and Forbes. Since 1992, he has developed and invested in more than 10 states. His portfolio includes retail, office, hospitality, medical office, and multi-family residential. Chuck founded the Davenport Fund for select investors. His resume includes more than 60 Walmart transactions and his partnership portfolio exceeds 5 million square-feet.

Chuck was involved in the creation of Kings Academy in Madaba, Jordan, a private boarding school with more than 500 students. He is a board member of the Harbor Sweets Company and a founding partner of Great Island Development. Chuck attended Deerfield Academy and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1984.

Juan Prieto

Juan Prieto, MBA

Principal

Juan Prieto has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. Juan oversees Davenport’s asset management, residential development and property management teams, evaluating potential acquisitions and dispositions, obtaining financing, and supervising development and construction projects.  He also provides real estate consulting services, including   financial feasibility analyses, site selection studies, highest and best use analyses, and entitlement acquisitions Juan manages a portfolio of residential, retail, office, manufacturing, and logistics properties in Massachusetts, Virginia, New Mexico, and Arizona.  Clients have included Davenport Fund I, Mass Mutual, Marshall Field V, Old Mountain Property Trust, Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund, Lone Star Fund, Metropolitan Pipe, and Town & Country Shopping Center.

Prior to joining Davenport, Juan was chief operating officer and principal of Cabot, Cabot & Forbes.  During his 25-year tenure at CC&F, Juan oversaw the acquisition, development, and entitlement of more than 10 million square-feet of office, hospitality, manufacturing, distribution, retail, and mixed-use projects throughout the U.S. He also served as chief financial officer, structuring financing using various capital structures, including private placements backed by public credit, construction loans, permanent debt, participating debt, mezzanine loans, certificates of participation (COPS) company equity, and joint venture equity.  

Juan began his career at Cabot, Cabot & Forbes as a project manager in the Orlando, Florida office where he obtained entitlements for a 1,250,000 square-foot mixed-use office, hotel, and retail project. He subsequently relocated to the tri-state areahere he served as vice resident of project management.  In the New England region, he developed more than 2 million square-feet of Class A office buildings.  He also served as asset manager for a national portfolio of office, manufacturing, and distribution buildings­— totaling 3 million square-feet.

Juan received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor of mechanical  engineering degree from Georgia Tech. His activities and affiliations include ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers), Save Venice, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard Business School Latino Association, and Friends of Caritas Cubana.

Joy Martin

Joy Martin, JD

Director of Asset Management

Joy Martin has worked in commercial real estate for 20 years. At Davenport, Joy coordinates the work of the company’s third party consultants in various disciplines, including engineering, architecture, permitting, and property management. She works with clients’ outside counsel and corporate leasing departments in preparing letters of intent, leases, financing, and other documentation. Joy serves as a liaison among government entities, the local community, and developers and also manages and leases Davenport’s investment fund and owned retail properties.

Throughout her career, Joy has formed strong relationships with national tenants, including Stop & Shop, CVS, Walgreens, and TJX Companies. She coordinated retail redevelopment for MGM’s New York-New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. She currently serves as liaison among the city of Springfield, local businesses and MGM in the development of the MGM Springfield casino. Finally, she is working with Industrial Realty Group and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on its retail development for the Hall of Fame Village scheduled to open in 2019.

A lifelong resident of Boston, Joy is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School. Her activities and affiliations include ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) and Rosie’s Place, a women’s homeless shelter in Boston.

John Doherty

John Doherty

Controller

John is a certified public accountant with more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. He oversees Davenport’s financial operations, including accounting, tax, budgeting, auditing, and cash management, as well as the implementation and oversight of all financial systems. He oversees the firm’s corporate financial planning function and all financial reporting to capital partners and investors. John joined Davenport in 2010 and has more than 24 years of experience working in this capacity at three real estate investment development and management companies in the office, industrial, retail, and residential real estate sectors. His expertise includes managing all accounting and financial reporting matters for multiple joint ventures.

John has a BA in accounting and mathematics from Assumption College.

Linda Hathaway

Linda Hathaway

Office Manager, Marketing Support and Accounts Payable Processing
Linda Hathaway has over 35 years of commercial real estate experience. Linda manages Davenport’s various multi thousand document databases on Access and Dropbox. She produces all monthly, quarterly and annual reports for Davenport’s client. Linda is also in charge of processing, tracking and paying all invoices. She negotiates and manages all vendor contracts for office services and supplies.
Linda also is responsible for graphic design, word processing, preparation of all proposals and updates Davenport’s various social media accounts. She is proficient in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Photoshop, InDesign and Acrobat. She also performs lease reviews.
Linda joined Davenport in 2011 after working at Cabot, Cabot & Forbes for almost 10 years. Prior to joining Davenport she was Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to the CEO of Cabot, Cabot Forbes. Prior to that she was a Team Leader in the Mortgage Custody Department at State Street Bank

Linda attended Northeastern University and the Katharine Gibbs School.