We’re local developers creating what no one expected. With over 100 years combined experience in real estate development, the Larkin Center ownership and management team invests in the success of every tenant. In October 2010, Seneca Larkin Holdings, LLC., a group led by local developers Peter Krog, Gordon Reger and James Cornell, acquired the facility. Through their companies, The Krog Group, Reger Holdings, LLC and Praxiis, LLC, this team has developed, repositioned and managed millions of square feet of space throughout the United States with a combined portfolio value well in excess of $1 billion. We believe Buffalo’s history is still to come and we’d like your business to be a part of it. Meet the team of experienced members of the Larkin Center of Commerce management team.
James Cornell, Managing Partner of the Larkin Center of Commerce and president and CEO of Praxiis Business Advisors, has over 30 years’ experience in real estate development, mergers and acquisitions, financing and organizational leadership. Jim’s projects have included establishing the national Application Support Center program for the Department of Justice and Immigration and Naturalization Service. This program with an annual budget of $50MM required siting, design, leasing, construction management, personnel selection of 1500, and turnkey operation handoff to the US Government of 129 locations throughout the country in under 20 months, with 70 temporary locations operational within 90 days.
Jim has developed and operated numerous commercial and industrial properties ranging from 20,000 to 1.3 Million square feet; led land acquisition, planning, zoning, design and construction management initiatives; and developed, renovated, leased and/or sold numerous self-storage facilities, and multi-family residential properties.
Peter Krog, Chairman and CEO of the Krog Corporation, is a licensed professional engineer with over 40 years’ experience in design, real estate development and construction. Mr. Krog has worked on many of Western New York’s largest projects and has particular expertise in the design and construction of parking facilities. He served as an advisor for the construction of the HSBC Arena, and is credited with saving that project nearly $20 million through his value engineering suggestions. Mr. Krog has developed millions of square feet of hotel, industrial, commercial and residential properties throughout western and central New York State.
Gordon Reger, of Reger Holdings, LLC has over 30 years’ experience in construction and development. His firm has developed commercial and residential properties throughout Western New York and across the United States.
In early 1980’s, Gordon started his career with Marc Equity Corporation based in West Seneca NY as head of its New Residential Development Division of New York, with responsibilities including overseeing land development and new residential construction in Western New York. Gordon also worked on numerous condominium conversions and new residential construction in Pennsylvania, Florida, South Carolina and Texas.
In 1990’s, Gordon became principally involved in the redevelopment of historic buildings into luxury residences in Boston's Back Bay. During that time, approximately $150 million of condominiums were developed in the Boston area. One notable project is the Gateway Terraces, a premier, 230,000 sf, mixed-use development in Boston's South End neighborhood. Featuring 133 loft-style residential units, 15,000 sf of commercial space, and 150 enclosed parking spaces in three buildings situated on a 1-acre-plus parcel, Gordon led every aspect of the project, from concept to land acquisition to complete development to retail sell-off.
• The Mill River Professional Center in Taunton. Mass
• The Tech Plaza Office Complex in Middletown, Rhode Island
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER
Lori McDermott handles the day-to-day financial and operations accounting functions. She has over 30 years’ experience in budgeting, financial statement reporting, cash management, payroll and employee benefits. She has been with the Larkin Center since it was acquired, and with the prior management for over 20 years.
Lori has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree from Northwood University in Michigan where she spent two years working in the Finance Department.
Larry Rutkowski is our Facilities Manager, overseeing day-to-day operations regarding tenant services, building maintenance and janitorial services. Larry also takes the lead on all tenant and common area construction and improvements. Larry will work closely with the tenant and contractors during the space planning stage, and see it through demo, construction and even the final move-in process.
CHIEF OF STAFF
Scott Tempeny has been with the Larkin Center since the property was acquired and, before that, for prior ownership. His early role in administrative and property management grew to creation and managing our parking management, security and other critical systems. He has been actively involved in financial analysis, due diligence of prospective acquisitions, marketing and leasing. He has been and continues to be actively involved in the development and management of the Larkin Center of Commerce and knows our portfolio of properties and tenants very well.
SENIOR DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Sammy earned his Bachelors in Business from Fordham University and JD from Brooklyn Law School. Sammy served as Director of Business Development with the Florida Panthers Hockey Club for four years before reconnecting with his roots in Western New York to pursue a career in real estate development. Sammy leads our Business Development team, vet's prospective investment opportunities and manages all leasing.
Dawn Kalejta has been a mainstay with the Larkin Center since graduating with a degree in accounting. She handles all incoming and outgoing billing; working closely with tenants and contractors to ensure the books are efficiently and accurately kept. Dawn is a great resource to initiate the facilitation of any and all billing matters.
The experienced leadership team at Larkin Center of Commerce is dedicated to finding the right space for every one of our tenants. There’s a variety of spaces, all able to be customized based on your particular specifications. And our management team excels at identifying those needs and placing you into a space where you can grow your business.