About

At Griffin, we are strategic, responsive and quality-driven. We believe in creating modern, flexible & best-in-class properties that meet our tenants' needs.

We have an acquisition and development strategy focused on flexible and modern warehouses and industrial buildings in select, high-growth markets. We target land for development or buildings that are well-located to major highways and transportation and densely-populated markets. We have a history of developing on speculation as well as delivering build-to-suits on land we own or acquire.

Our development and construction work is performed by our in-house construction team, which delivers a quality product, on time, and at a favorable cost.

Our integrated property management team strives to exceed our tenants' expectations through proactive management, quick response, and a focus on reducing expenses. Our in-house leasing efforts ensure prospective tenants a stream-lined process from initial inquiry until move-in.

Our major developments include our industrial parks, Carolina Tradeport I and II, New England Tradeport, and Lehigh Valley Tradeport I and II. We also have several additional acres of land available for development by us or others for industrial use.

1900s

Griffin traces its roots to the early 1900s when the Cullman family became tobacco traders and growers of cigar leaf tobacco in Connecticut River Valley near Hartford, CT

1961

In 1961 the Cullman family, led by Edgar Cullman, acquired a controlling interest in the publicly-traded General Cigar Company, one of the leading cigar manufacturers in the United States. Over time it included brands such as Macanudo, Partagas, White Owl and Garcia & Vega

1967

In 1967, General Cigar acquired the Connecticut wrapper tobacco growing business and nursery operation of American Sumatra Tobacco Corporation. As a result of this acquisition, General Cigar had over 6,000 acres of land, changed its name to Culbro Corporation, and started its real estate and land development operations under the name Culbro Land Resources.

1976

In 1976, Culbro Land Resources completed construction of its first office building and, in 1978, developed its first industrial building. Culbro Land Resources also started entitlements and development of residential subdivisions in the Connecticut River Valley.

1997

In 1997, Culbro split itself into two separate entities, General Cigar Holdings, a pure play cigar company that subsequently was sold to Swedish Match, and the newly formed public company, Griffin Land & Nurseries, Inc.

2010

In 2010, Griffin completed the acquisition of its first industrial properties outside of Connecticut with the purchase of a warehouse at 871 Nestle Way and 50 acres of land for industrial development in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.

2014

In January 2014, Griffin sold its landscape nursery business, Imperial Nurseries.

2015

In 2015, Griffin Land & Nurseries, Inc. was renamed Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc. to reflect the company's focus on managing and growing its industrial/warehouse property portfolio.

Michael Gamzon

President & Chief Executive Officer
Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc.

Mr. Gamzon joined the company in January 2008 as Executive Vice President. His experience includes corporate finance, strategy, private equity and public security investing. Prior to Griffin, he served as a senior analyst at both Alson Capital Partners, LLC, a New York investment firm, and at Cobalt Capital. He previously worked at SCP Private Equity Partners and at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette.

Mr. Gamzon received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

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Anthony Galici

Vice President, CFO & Secretary
Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc.

Mr. Galici has been in his current position since July 1997. Mr. Galici has oversight of Griffin's accounting, financial reporting and treasury functions. Mr. Galici had been with Culbro Corporation ("Culbro") from 1985 to 1997, serving first as Director of Internal Audit and then as Vice President and Assistant Corporate Controller before joining Griffin at the time of the spin-off of Griffin from Culbro. Prior to Culbro, Mr. Galici was with Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte & Touche LLP).

Mr. Galici received a B.S. in Accounting from St. John's University. Mr. Galici is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Thomas M. Lescalleet

Senior Vice President
Griffin Industrial, LLC

Mr. Lescalleet joined the company in 2002 and has executive responsibility for the management of its portfolio; having 30+ years experience in real estate development and management. Prior to Griffin, he was an EVP & Partner at The Codman Company, a Boston real estate company, and then prior the Managing Broker & Director of the Investment Properties Group at the Boston office of CB Commercial (now CBRE).

Mr. Lescalleet received a B.A. from the University of Vermont and a R.E. diploma from Boston University.

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Scott Bosco

Vice President - Construction & Development
Griffin Industrial, LLC

Mr. Bosco is responsible for all new construction and development as well as building and tenant improvements. He joined the company in 2005, after spending 14 years with CASLE Corporation as its construction project manager.

Mr. Bosco received dual B.S. degrees from the University of Maine and an MBA from the University of Hartford.

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Dave Cocola

Vice President - Director of Property Management
Griffin Industrial, LLC

Mr. Cocola joined the company in 2013. His career began at New Boston Management Services, Inc., where he opened its Hartford office in 1999 and managed its Greater Hartford and New Haven portfolio. He transitioned to KS Partners, LLC to continue managing a component of the portfolio upon its purchase.

Mr. Cocola holds a B.A. from Boston College and the Real Property Administrator (RPA) certification.

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Randy Gudauskas

Controller
Griffin Industrial, LLC

Randy Gudauskas is responsible for directing Griffin Industrial's day-to-day real estate accounting and controllership functions. He joined the company in 1999 and has more than his 20+ years of experience public and private accounting. He joined Griffin from ESPN, where he was the supervisor of affiliate revenue. He previously worked at Aetna as the plan controller for Aetna Health Plans of Florida.

Mr. Gudauskas holds a B.S. from Eastern Connecticut State University.

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Matthew Homa

Director of Internal Audit
Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc.

Mr. Homa's responsibilities include providing assurance on the effectiveness of risk management and the strength of the internal control environment. He joined the company in 2007 and has over 25 years of experience in accounting, auditing and tax. Prior to Griffin, he served as a senior auditor for Eversource Energy, financial analyst for Gerber Scientific Products, audit consultant for Gerber Scientific, Inc. and senior auditor for Venman & Co., LLC.

Mr. Homa received a B. S. in Accounting from Sacred Heart University and a M.S. in Accounting and Taxation from the University of Hartford. Mr. Homa has achieved the designations of Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Internal Auditor. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

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Kelly Poudrette

Director of Financial Reporting
Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc.

Ms. Poudrette joined the company in 2003 and is responsible for Griffin's external financial reporting and the preparation of Griffin's SEC filings. Ms. Poudrette also manages the Company's tax compliance requirements. She has over 25 years of experience in accounting and tax. Prior to Griffin, Ms. Poudrette was the Assistant Director of Indemnity Reporting at CIGNA.

Ms. Poudrette received a B.S. in Accounting and an M.S. in Professional Accounting from the University of Hartford. Ms. Poudrette is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Ashley Pizzo

ASHLEY PIZZO
Director of Investor Relations & Capital Markets
Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc.

Ms. Pizzo joined the company in July 2020 and is responsible for Griffin's investor relations and capital raising efforts. Her experience includes over eight years in real estate finance, including two years in the Real Estate Gaming & Leisure investment banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as well as five years working across investments, capital markets and investor relations at Gramercy Property Trust prior to its acquisition by Blackstone in late 2018.

Ms. Pizzo received a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University.

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