Tom Currell has more than 25 years of experience in orchestrating all facets of real estate development and finance, spanning the entire development project lifecycle from strategic planning, feasibility analysis, and site selection, to acquisition, project planning, design, entitlement, finance and construction activities. This cumulative project management and real estate advisory work has totaled to more than $800 million in new investment, has delivered 4,400 new residential units to families in need of affordable housing, and created more than 200,000 square feet of supportive commercial mixed-use space as well. Developed around the country, projects to-date have been in cities such as Detroit, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Memphis, and numerous cities along the East Coast.
Tom has also worked in community development banking where he managed the underwriting of operating lines of credit, equipment, commercial real estate and construction loans and closed financial transactions utilizing a mix of public funds, bond proceeds, tax credits, private equity and conventional mortgage financing. This experience gave him a foundation for his subsequent work in the development arena where he has structured financial transactions with an array of investment incentives, loan guarantees and tax credit generated investment equity to help his projects achieve the desired levels of investment quality, return on equity, and debt security for the real estate investment partners involved.
Thanks to his tremendous depth of experience earned as a leader with national firms such as SmithGroup, where he focused on bringing to life community-oriented, public-private projects, and McCormack Baron Salazar, where he led the firm’s Memphis office and later served as a national Managing Director, helping lead the effort to create affordable, mixed income in cities and neighborhoods around the country. Thus, Tom launched CPM with a national network of collaborators in hand.
His academic background in Organizational Psychology and knowledge of performance management systems enhance his deft skills in balancing the competing challenges of building community consensus and coordinating teams and resources, while effectively navigating the business demands of controlling cost, scope, schedule, and quality.