First Cambridge Realty is a second-generation family real estate company, whose primary business is the ownership and management of residential apartment buildings in Cambridge, Brookline, and Newton.
Founded in 1966 by George Rothman, the company today has over 550 residential units and approximately 60,000 square ft. of combined retail and office space in Cambridge. First Cambridge Realty also owns and manages 100 additional residential units in the Brookline and Newton metro areas. All of First Cambridge Realty holdings are in prime areas of each community and in close proximity to public transportation, shopping and entertainment. First Cambridge Realty is also a principal developer, most recently of 21 Brookline Street Residences in Cambridge, MA, a 49-unit development established in 2007.
Our mission is to provide superior rental housing for the community and our clients. To accomplish this goal we have offices and staff based in Cambridge, a central location to all our properties.
We’re a diversified and talented staff of professionals who have tremendous experience in attending to our clients needs, and we employ our own maintenance and construction teams to work on all our properties. The family business, comprised of the founder, George Rothman, the President, Stu Rothman, and the VP of Operations, Lewis Robert are all deeply involved in the day-to-day activities of the business and remain committed to providing quality housing to the region.
George Rothman - Founder - founded Stu-Lin Realty in 1966, naming it after his two children, Linda and Stuart. George started investing in real estate while also running a successful retail establishment, Central Square Hardware in Cambridge. After building a substantial real estate portfolio, George transitioned out of retail into full time real estate management. Self taught and highly motivated, George Rothman has built one of the largest wholly owned real estate management companies in Cambridge. Today George is still an integral part of the business providing consultation to the management team. George has been married 52 years to Ethel.
Stuart Rothman - President - has a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and University of New Hampshire, respectively, an Executive MBA from Northeastern University, and Advanced Certificate in Finance from Suffolk University. Stu’s main focus is on debt capital markets, property acquisitions, zoning and permitting related to new construction, contract negotiations with major vendors, commercial lease negotiations, insurance, and tax planning.
Lewis Robert - VP of Operations - has a BS in Journalism and Marketing from the University of Florida. Lewis started with the company in 1993. Prior experience included several years as a marketing and sales consultant in the industrial marketplace. Lewis has had several jobs within First Cambridge Realty, including Property Manager, Chief of Operations overseeing all labor and employment related matters, and as a Development Coordinator supervising all residential rehab and reuse work.
John O’Brien - Leasing Coordinator and Brokerage Consultant - Has been employed with First Cambridge Realty since 1996. John is a graduate of Northeastern University and has completed coursework in real estate finance at Boston University. John is a licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Broker and is also an assistant baseball coach at Suffolk University.
Steven Leonard - Property Manager - Steven has been with First Cambridge Realty since 1995, starting as an Assistant Property Manager. Steven is involved with all aspects of leasing, and property management. He is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson, and received his BS in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University where he played baseball. He continues to further his education by taking class through the National Association of Building Owners and Managers.
Ralph Barone - Property Manager - Has been employed with First Cambridge Realty since 1999 minus a three year absence from 2003-2006 where Ralph was teaching in upstate New York. Ralph has Master’s of Education degree from Cambridge College and completed his undergraduate studies at Northeastern University and has most recently been inducted into the Northeastern University Athletic Hall of Fame for his career as quarterback of the Huskies football team.
Leah Lamb - Accounting Specialist - Has been employed with First Cambridge Realty Corp. since 1993. Leah is in charge of all accounts and tenant relations. Leah studied accounting and business at Newbury College.
Karen Brouady - Accounting Specialist - Has been an employee of First Cambridge Realty since 1994. Karen is in charge of all aspects of bill payment, vendor relations, tax reporting and shares general bookkeeping and tenant relations. Karen has a BA in American Studies and a minor certificate in Legal Studies from Brandeis University, and she is also is an accomplished oboist, playing with the Arlington Philharmonic.
Belinda McMillian - Accounting Assistant - Belinda has been employed with First Cambridge Realty since August of 2000. In addition, Belinda has a degree from Bay State College in Accounting and studied Administrative Services at Lesley College.
Michael Tatchio - Assistant Prop Manager - Michael has come to us by way of Detroit - a huge Red Wings fan, we hired him despite that flaw!
Jennifer Heinen - Assist to President - Jennifer has BA in Biology from UMASS and years of experience managing businesses - she is directly responsible for all commercial properties in Lexington and Falmouth MA