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Geezer Attends BBJ 40 Under 40 Event | IGNITION REsidential

Geezer Attends BBJ’s 40 Under 40 Event

Merrill Diamond at BBJ 40 Under 40 EventApparently lured by the prospect of free food, developer and IGNITION Residential’s Merrill H. Diamond attended last week’s gala at The State Room for Boston Business Journal’s annual 40 Under 40 event.  Sources close to the organizers thought that Diamond looked confused and kept asking people where the 70 Under 70 event was being held.

But seriously, folks…

The 40 Under 40 event was pretty amazing, honoring folks who have, as one of the moderators put it, accomplished more before the age of 40 than most people will accomplish in their lifetime.  From an individual who created a way to prevent bacteria from adhering to surgical instruments (I came so damn close to coming up with that idea myself) to folks who have created new ways to help those in need and to communicate in new ways around the globe.

Regarding the aforementioned, kudos to Kristin Wright and her pals from Youth Villages, a non-profit aimed at assisting kids at risk with its founder being one of the honorees at the event.  More impressive, Kristin and Youth Villages allowed me to hang out at their table when I realized that I knew two people out of the hundreds in attendance.  Were it not for Kristin and her lovely blonde friend, I would  have been strolling purposefully back and forth, pretending that I was looking for someone, trying to catch the amazing views from The State Room from a number of interesting angles, or investigating all of the various dishes put out for everyone to enjoy in the hope that I didn’t miss one.

But I digress…

My primary purpose in attending was to support a particular honoree, Gerry-Lynn Darcy of The Metric Corporation.  In a profession traditionally dominated by men, Gerry-Lynn is a true Renaissance woman, equally at home on a construction site, in a board room or in a Sales Center which is where I first met her.  Currently, among other things, she is drumming up work for The Metric Corporation, a multi-faceted construction and development company headed up by Geoff Caraboolad and his son.  I would be amazed if Gerry-Lynn’s introduction of Geoff and his colleagues to me didn’t result in a long-standing relationship with the company…a relationship that wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for Gerry-Lynn.

All in all, the honorees were an impressive group of individuals and the Boston Business Journal definitely knows how to throw a good party.  I would encourage everyone to attend next year’s 40 Under 40 event and, if you see a geezer walking around pretending as if he belonged there, kindly let him hang out at your table.

 

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About Merrill Diamond

Merrill H. Diamond is a trained architect and a founding principal of IGNITION Residential, an interdisciplinary multi-family marketing firm. He is also a founding partner of Diamond/Sinacori, a Boston-based real estate development company founded in 1978. Mr. Diamond has been the recipient of numerous local and national awards for both development and marketing. He has served as both a gubernatorial appointee to the Massachusetts Historical Commission and to the Senate Special Commission on Historic Preservation. In addition, Mr. Diamond has been named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Arthur Young / “Venture Magazine;” “Merchant Builder of the Year” by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), and one of “America’s Most Valuable People” by “USA Today".

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