THE Commercial Real Estate and Building Industry Breakfast

Welcome to THE Commercial Real Estate and Building Industry’s Fundraiser:

Building Foundations Breakfast presented by Lexington Partners LLC/Innoconn Construction Management, LAZ Parking, Marshall S. Ruben and Trammell Crow Residential!

Thank you for joining us at the 2nd Annual Building Foundations Breakfast! We are thrilled to be able to gather in person this year.   

The pandemic continues to negatively impact many families experiencing financial hardships, struggling to pay rent and at risk of homelessness.

To take action and support our community, we brought companies across the commercial real estate and building industry together and partnered with United Way to make a difference. Funds raised from this event will benefit United Way and its supported programs focused on providing emergency shelter, shelter diversion efforts (including rent and utility assistance) and systems coordination.  

At today’s event, you will hear stories full of information and inspiration. We also will be honoring Alan Lazowski with an award named in honor of Jeff Digel, a pillar of our industry.

Thank you for joining us today, and thank you for taking action for families in need in our community. You are examples of what it looks like to LIVE UNITED.

Edmund Kindelan, Mark Vasington, David Soule and Michael J. Riccio
Co-Chairs, 2022 Building Foundations Committee

Planning Committee


  • Edmund Kindelan, Cohn Reznick 
  • Michael Riccio, CBRE  
  • Dave Soule, Smith Brothers 
  • Mark Vasington, First American Title Insurance Company 


  • Frank Appicelli, Carlton Fields 
  • Barrie Deschaine, KBE Building Corporation 
  • Nikki Cannavo Digel, Covenant Preparatory School 
  • Mark Duclos, Sentry Commercial 
  • Melissa Ferrucci, CohnReznick  
  • Matt Halprin, New England Retail Properties, Inc.  
  • David Ingram, UBS 
  • Mike Kolakowski, KBE Building Corporation 
  • Katie McKinney, Covenant Preparatory School 
  • Nando Parete, Cigna 
  • Randy Salvatore, RMS Companies 
  • William Wrang, Webster Bank 
  • Brian Zelman, Zelman Real Estate 

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

Laz Parking jointly owns and manages One Financial Plaza (“The Gold Building”). LAZ Parking says, “it’s not what we do, it’s the way we do it.” They believe the work they do and how they treat people can really “Make a Difference – The LAZ Difference.” LAZ’s culture is built on helping others and assisting organizations that make a positive difference in people’s lives. Thank you LAZ Parking for your generous support!

Lexington Partners was founded more than 25 years ago in Hartford, CT. While multifamily residential has been Lexington’s primary focus since 2003, the company and its principals have a long history in commercial real estate, including office, industrial, retail space and parking garages (including One Century Tower). Lexington Partners puts people at the center of their work, and credits that to their success. Thank you for your support, Lexington Partners!

Marshall S. Ruben

Marshall S. Ruben is a partner at Ruben/Horan, P.C. Attorneys at Law. Mr. Ruben has considerable experience in commercial real estate investment and finance transactions, corporate and partnership matters and federal income tax planning. He represents Fortune 500 clients and high net worth individuals throughout the United States and abroad in the acquisition and development of commercial real estate and in the origination, acquisition and restructuring of mortgages and corporate debt obligations. Thank you, Mr. Ruben, for supporting the Building Foundations Breakfast!

Trammell Crow Residential has been one of the largest developers in the United States for more than 40 years. Trammell Crow Residential builds premier residences, creating vibrant and amenity-rich communities that residents are proud to call home. Trammell Crow once said, “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.” Thank you, Trammell Crow Residential, for your generosity!

Technology Sponsor

Premiere Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Shelbourne CT LLC

Gold Sponsors

RMS Companies

Silver Sponsors

Berkshire Bank

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Levy Properties, LLC &
Coleman B. Levy, LLC.

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Bronze Sponsors

Corridor Ventures

Dennis J. Stanek

Marcus & Millichap

Marsh Surety

Siegel, O’Connor, O’Donnell & Beck, P.C.


– Networking –

– Welcome –

Mark Vasington, David Soule and Michael J. Riccio
Co-Chairs, 2022 Building Foundations Committee

– A Special Message –

Alexandra Daum
Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development 
Introduced by Sean Rea, Trammell Crow Residential 

– Story of Impact –

William E. Wrang
Executive Vice President of Commercial Real Estate, Webster Bank

– A Tribute to Jeff Digel –

Introduced by Marshall S. Ruben 

– 2022 Jeff Digel Award Recipient –

Alan Lazowski
Chairman, CEO and Founder, LAZ Parking 
Introduced by Martin J. Kenny, Lexington Partners

– Opportunity to Take Action –

Mark Vasington, David Soule and Michael J. Riccio
Co-Chairs, 2022 Building Foundations Committee  

– A Special Message –

Luke Bronin
Mayor, City of Hartford

– A Message from Our President and CEO –

Eric Harrison
President and CEO, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
Introduced by Vittoria Pace, Chair, United Way Board of Directors

– Closing –

Technology Sponsor

Webster Bank, the Building Foundations Technology Sponsor, provides comprehensive financing solutions and alternatives for the purpose of acquiring, developing, constructing, improving or refinancing commercial real estate. Webster Bank is a leading mid-sized bank that has national-level strength with community-centered values. Their inclusive and diverse workplace along with their values of helping individuals, families and businesses achieve their financial goals is “The Webster Way.” Webster Bank works with local communities and knows their involvement makes a difference. Thank you Webster Bank for your generous support!

A Tribute to Jeff Digel

Real estate combined Jeffrey Digel’s interest in architecture, finance, geography and economic systems. As he built his career, Jeffrey was drawn to the investment side of the business. He co-founded and served as Executive Vice President for iStar Financial Inc., where he helped build the company’s investment team and originate more than $3 billion in structured finance assets. He went on to Figure Eight Properties where he formed a company that bought personal, concierge-level services to his clients. Jeffrey was equally committed to philanthropy and community action. He was the co-founder and first chairman of the board of Covenant Preparatory School, an independent, interfaith, tuition-free middle school for boys from underserved families in the Hartford area. Jeffrey also served on nonprofit boards for organizations including: Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity and Achievement First Hartford Academy.  
 Annually, we will pay tribute to our colleague and friend by presenting the Jeffrey Digel Award to a member of the industry that embodies the characteristics of Jeffrey’s legacy.

2022 Jeffrey Digel Award Recipient:

Alan Lazowski; Chairman, CEO and Founder, LAZ Parking

Alan co-founded LAZ Parking in 1981 while attending the University of Connecticut. Since then, LAZ Parking has grown into a national parking management, transportation and mobility company with managed revenue in excess of $1.8 billion and more than 15,000 employees.  

The son of Holocaust survivors, Alan believes that he has “an obligation to give back.” He is a well-respected philanthropist and has given his time and money to various charitable efforts. In 2009, he started the LAZ Parking Charitable Foundation. He is also the founder and co-chair of Voices of Hope, an organization that collects, categorizes and shares the experiences of Holocaust survivors for the benefit of future generations.  
He served as a member of the United States Holocaust Museum’s Council appointed by President Obama.  
Alan is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Thomas and Bette Wolff Family Entrepreneurship Award from the University of Connecticut, the NAACP Civil Rights Award, the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Liberty Award, the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hartford Business Journal. Alan has also received an Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from the University of Hartford.  
Alan is the past chairman of the National Parking Association Board. Alan serves on the national boards of the NAACP, the ADL and Conscious Capitalism. In addition, Alan serves on the following local and regional boards: the Greater Hartford Jewish Federation, the Connecticut Immigrant & Refugee Coalition, the Bushnell Theater, the Hartford Economic Development Corporation, the Goodwin College Foundation, the Jordan Porco Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Chabad House of Greater Hartford.

CBRE, a Building Foundations Premier Sponsor, provides commercial real estate services to property owners, investors and occupiers. CBRE believes sustainable success can only be built on a foundation of responsible business practices, and that everyone gains an advantage by subscribing to the values of “RISE” (Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence). They recognize the impact they have on their communities, clients, employees and stakeholders, and their pillars of corporate responsibility (environmental sustainability, people and culture, procurement, communities and giving, workplace safety and well-being, ethics and compliance, and governance) are key to providing industry leadership that grows their business in socially responsible ways. Thank you CBRE for your generous support!

Cigna describes itself as a ‘catalyst of action and a convener of stakeholders who, together, can make a difference…” Focusing on three strategic areas (Health and Well-Being, Environment and Inclusive and Responsible Business), Cigna applies its expertise, resources and innovative thinking to help solve complex challenges globally and within key markets. Thank you, Cigna, for your generosity!

CohnReznick, a Building Foundations Premier Sponsor, is one of the most influential real estate practices in the industry. Their real estate division focuses on affordable housing, commercial real estate, construction, corporate real estate, opportunity zones and tax credits. CohnReznick’s innovative and client-centric culture views their success as a call-to-action … a means to improve our communities, promote beneficial legislative policies and progress the high standards of the accounting profession. Thank you CohnReznick for your generous support!

Kelley Drye & Warren, a Building Foundations Premier Sponsor, is a powerhouse firm of skilled practitioners in the areas of litigation, regulatory, real estate, corporate and bankruptcy combine their talents to address the unique complexities of their clients’’ legal challenges. Kelley Drye & Warren is committed to diversity and inclusion, pro bono work to assist the underrepresented, and the gifts of service and resources. They take pride in making a positive impact on their communities, championing causes to foster a culture of compassion, generosity and social responsibility. Thank you Kelley Drye & Warren for your generous support!

Landmark Partners, a Building Foundations Premier Sponsor, has pioneered and innovated within secondary markets across three decades and a range of alternative asset classes, including private equity, real estate and infrastructure. Landmark Partners takes a “thought partner” approach to investing. They believe that the key to enhanced performance in private markets is having superior information and highly differentiated strategies to exploit that information. Thank you, Landmark Partners, for supporting the Building Foundations Breakfast!

Smith Brothers, a Building Foundations Premier Sponsor, is one of the largest and most respected independent insurance firms in New England. Their mission is to build a growing, profitable company that demonstrates a level of service higher than industry standards and delivers it in a professional way to their clients – offering the best products available and providing knowledgeable advice so their clients know they have an advocate and their assets are protected.  Their strategic priorities include being a great place to work, client experience, profitable growth and a culture of helping others, their big purpose. Smith Brothers donates both volunteer hours and resources to causes in their community. Thank you Smith Brothers for your generous support!

Put the FUN in FUNdraising!

Harvest Investments, located in West Hartford, CT, and is part of the Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers Industry. Thank you to Harvest Investments for your generous support of Building Foundations

KeyBank believes that inclusive communities are better communities for everyone. KeyBank focuses on four priorities: diversity, equity and inclusion; financial inclusion; climate stewardship; and, data privacy and security. As a responsible bank and citizen, KeyBank continually creates shared value with every stakeholder they serve. Thank you, KeyBank, for supporting Building Foundations!

People’s United Bank, a Building Foundations Platinum Sponsor, is a diversified financial services company that is proud to be a premier, community-based, regional bank offering commercial and retail banking as well as wealth management services. Philanthropy is integrated in their business model and their culture to ensure a stable local presence of consistent investment and engagement. People’s United Bank contributes to build a community that is greater than the sum of the individuals in it. Thank you People’s United Bank for your generous support!

Shelbourne CT LLC

Shelbourne is a “people first” real estate company. Shelbourne jointly owns and manages One Financial Plaza, one of Hartford’s most prestigious Class A office towers. Shelbourne is committed to delivering world-class property management, offering exceptional personalized service and providing Class A office space. Thank you, Shelbourne, for supporting Building Foundations!

About United Way

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s mission is to engage and bring together people and resources committed to the well-being of children and families in our community. Our vision is a community where opportunities are available for every child to succeed in school and for every family to achieve financial security.  

United Way brings people and resources together to address immediate needs and find long-term solutions to challenging problems, such as hunger. We do this by investing in programs and services, leading community change initiatives and mobilizing resources and volunteers. With your support, we and our network of community partners will build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic.  


If you contributed $1,000 or more at today’s Building Foundations Breakfast, you are automatically going to be recognized by United Way as a leadership donor. Through your generosity, Leadership Donors demonstrate a true commitment to creating positive impact and lasting change in the lives of children and families. Click here to learn more. 

Why Your Support Matters

When you support United Way, you provide people with immediate, emergency assistance such as food and shelter. We invest in programs and initiatives that provide information and referral services through United Way 211 and other resources.

In 2021, thanks to the generosity of the Inaugural Building Foundations Breakfast supporters, more than $300,000 of much-needed funds were raised and ensured that:

  • More than 1,000 people received emergency shelter;
  • More than 1,500 people avoided homelessness through the shelter diversion programs and rental assistance;
  • Information and referral services through United Way 211 continued to be funded; and,
  • Two (2) students at Covenant Preparatory School in Hartford have their tuition fully paid each year they attend the school.

Did you know? Even before the pandemic, 38 percent of Connecticut families cannot afford the basics of housing, food, health care, child care and transportation. United Way calls these households ALICE, an acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE is your friend, your neighbor and your relative. ALICE lives in every community in Connecticut. 

Upcoming United Way Events

United Way’s 2nd Annual LIVE UNITED Golf Tournament
May 23, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Shuttle Meadow Country Club, Kensington, CT

You are invited to join us on the golf course to raise funds for the United for Racial Equity initiative, which advances equity for children and families most impacted by systemic racism in the areas of education, financial security and health.

Women United’s 11th Annual Power of the Purse Luncheon and Silent Auction presented by KeyBank Key4Women 
June 16, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Connecticut Convention Center 
Women United’s signature event returns in person this year! Enjoy networking with 1,300 area professionals, shop the silent auction and feel empowered by a robust program all while raising awareness and funds for local women and families as they work to achieve financial security. This year’s Power of the Purse keynote speaker is Nontombi Naomi Tutu, a race and gender activist, and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Berkshire Bank

Levy Properties, LLC &
Coleman B. Levy, LLC.

Corridor Ventures

Dennis J. Stanek

Marcus & Millichap

Marsh Surety

Funds from the Building Foundations breakfast will benefit United Way and its supported programs focused on providing emergency shelter, shelter diversion efforts (including rent and utility assistance) and systems coordination.

Benefiting Partners:

  • Catholic Charities (Diocese of Norwich/Diocese of Hartford)
  • Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH)
  • Hartford Interval House
  • Journey Home
  • Network Against Domestic Abuse of North Central Connecticut
  • Prudence Crandall Center, Inc.
  • The Salvation Army (Hartford, New Britain and Windham)
  • South Park Inn
  • United Way 2-1-1
  • Windham Area Interfaith Ministries
  • YWCA of Hartford

In addition to providing funding for direct services, United Way also helps support the Coordinated Access Network (CAN) and shelter diversion efforts in our region. United Way also serves as the administrator for the Emergency Food and Shelter program which allocates federal funds to supplement the work of human services organizations.